President Donald Trump blasted recent reports by The Washington Post and The New York Times that raised questions about his private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and revealed an FBI investigation into his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
During a phone interview on “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening that the stories were “all nonsense.”
The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump had gone to “extraordinary lengths” to conceal the specifics of his conversations with Putin.
According to the Post, on at least one occasion Trump confiscated notes from the interpreter present at meetings between the two leaders and instructed them not to discuss the details of the conversations with other administration officials.
There is “no detailed record, even in classified files” of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin, the Post reported.
When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had “a great conversation.”
“I’m not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn’t care less. I mean, it’s so ridiculous. These people make it up,” Trump said.
He compared his conversations with Putin to what “every president does — you sit with the president of various countries.”
Strobe Talbott, who served as deputy secretary of state to President Bill Clinton, called Trump’s secrecy surrounding the meetings “unusual” and “outrageous,” according to the Post.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the Post’s report “inaccurate” in a statement.
The Washington Post story is the second in 24 hours to highlight Trump’s unusual dealings with Russia and its leader.
On Friday, the New York Times published a story about an FBI probe into Trump’s behavior following his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. According to the newspaper, law enforcement officials were so concerned they began investigating whether the President was working on behalf of Russia against US interests. Asked by Pirro if he’d ever worked on behalf of Russia, Trump did not directly answer the question. Instead, he said, “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked.