Friday, 9 June 2017

We have to stop the funding of terrorism” – Trump speaks on terrorism, Comey's testimony

President Trump addressed the press in the Rose Garden alongside Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Friday.

Trump in his opening address quickly addressed the issue of terrorism and world security, drawing attention to his recently completed foreign trip to Europe and the Middle East. He said they had come to a conclusion, referring to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top brass in the Military concerning Qatar funding and supporting terrorism.

“We have to end the funding,  they have to end the funding and its extremist ideology in terms of funding,” he said in reference to Qatar.

Trump also implored all nations across the world to desist from supporting terrorism financially, with their military or even morally.

Trump also indirectly implied that firing former FBI Director James Comey and the drama that followed is a distraction to his administration.

Trump said, “No collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker”. He also added,  “He’s a leaker but we want to get back to running our great country.”

President Trump last faced the White House press on May 18, almost three weeks ago, when he held a bilateral news conference.

The defiant President said he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey.

"One hundred percent," Trump said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony.

He adamantly denied Comey's claims that he asked him to end the FBI's investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"I didn't say that," Trump said.

And he denied that he asked Comey for his loyalty, though he added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did say it."

Trump also twice declined to confirm the existence of White House recordings of the conversations.

"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future," Trump said.

Asked again, Trump said: "I'm not hinting anything. I will tell you over a very short period of time."

He also offered a blunt assessment Friday of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker," Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference.
He said his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony.

Trump was publicly silent while Comey testified on Thursday, but tweeted Friday an accusation that Comey -- whom Trump fired in May -- lied under oath.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication," Trump tweeted, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

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