Trump: "No, No" I Did Not Ask James Comey To Back Down

Tyler Durden's picture

Not surprisingly, the American press basically ignored the Colombian President at today's joint press conference and jumped right into the Russia investigation.  To start, Trump said he respected Rosenstein's decision to appoint a Special Counsel but also repeated that he views it as a "witch hunt" and "divisive" for the nation.

  • TRUMP: RESPECTS DECISION ON SPECIAL COUNSEL, BUT DIVIDES NATION

When asked directly whether he in any way asked Comey to end his Micheal Flynn investigation, Trump responded with an emphatic "No, No, next question."

Reporter:  "Did you, at any time, urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?"

 

Trump:  "No.  No.  Next question."

 

And, while it would seem somewhat unlikely, Trump said that, at the time he made the decision to fire Comey, he thought it would be well received as a "bipartisan decision."

 

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Following meetings with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump will face the press for the first time since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel tasked with looking into allegations of collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. 

Trump and Santos were expected to discuss, among other things, how to combat record-high cocaine production in Colombia and the renewal of $450 million of annual foreign aide from U.S. taxpayers.  Per CBS:

With looming budget cuts to foreign aide in the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal, Mr. Santos is expected to seek a renewal of $450 million dollars in foreign aide from the U.S. Government in support of Peace Colombia, the peace accord between the Colombian Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC).

 

Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon spoke of the importance of support for the peace efforts from the U.S. to reporters in a briefing on Tuesday but downplayed the importance of a public declaration of support.

 

Complicating U.S. support for terms of the agreement has been the worrying boom of cocaine cultivation and production in Colombia since the implementation of Peace Colombia. Colombian cocaine cultivation has increase by 18 percent from 2015 to 2016 – a record high, according to the Office of National Drug Control and Policy. 

All that said, we seriously doubt the American press will have many pressing questions about foreign relations with Colombia and/or cocaine production at today's joint press conference.  Tune in below for the fireworks:

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mary mary's picture

Congressman Chaffetz, here is the information you requested.  And in this other folder are the precise schedules of all of your family members, with lots of nice photographs.  Children at school, adults shopping and jogging, everything.  Do you know how many assets we have in Salt Lake City?  In the nearby NSA complex?  Well, WE don't even know HA HA that's a joke, sir.  :0)

idahobandito's picture

I read last month that after his surgery was done, he was going to quit. On either freerepublic.com or here...I can't remember where I read it for sure...Im old, and smoked too much wacky tobacky when I was young.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Shit or get off the pot Trump! Either go to war with the deep state or leave. As many here have stated, one of the best things he could do right now is drop an enormous truth bomb on the population regarding false flags, the deep state, the FED, etc.

mary mary's picture

Historically, it sometimes took warring parties years of maneuvering to get positioned for the big battle.  Consider Augustus vs. Marc Anthony.  This game isn't over by a long shot.

Pork Rind's picture

it's time for Trump to do something new, something that has never been before. Something historical. He is in a position to do it. I still believe in the man, in spite of his creepy Jew son-in-law. Trump, make history.

bigkahuna's picture

Trump appears to be going through a learning curve - unfortunately, we are along for the ride. The quicker he learns, the quicker we can stop all this bullshit and get this country back.

JLee2027's picture

Learning curve or sitting back and determining who is good and who is rotten? Both I think

bigkahuna's picture

I hope you're right for all our sakes

AnimalSpirits's picture

I think both. I found he looked different today - like he has finally understood the size of the beast. I think he had underestimated the extent of infestation and it knocked the wind out of him. He also seemed weaker, more solemn - I am sure he feels betrayed. 

But he is a tough one and he'll fight back...they cannot beat him down. If they get him it'll be through betrayal or they'll trick him somehow and he'll lash out as he does tend to be hot-headed and impulsive.

It'll do him good to travel and get out of the swamp...hope he returns safely.

hangemhigh77's picture

Just get rid of agencies. Fire everyone.

Homie's picture

He's a pretty trustworthy guy

giorgioorwell's picture

LOL, he just walks right into the trap everytime. 

Grandad Grumps's picture

Obama would have obviously lied in such as situation ... then he would have talked about himself for the next 30 minutes. Not sure about Trump.

aloha_snakbar's picture

'Say Russia one more time...I dare you'...

El_Puerco's picture

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Classified/Exclusive: Trump, Lavrov Briefing Leak from Russia http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/05/18/classifiedexclusive-trump-lavrov... GOOD READING! Saludos..

 

Mzhen's picture

Gordon Duff -- not his real name -- hates Trump and claims to be a big clandestine operator, especially now in Syria.  He and his site have credibility problems.

kayaky's picture

The CBC's Keith Boag correctly described the two solitudes in the USA, those that want Trump out no matter what, and those who believe Trump is doing God's work against the deep state and MSM.  Personally I hope that Trump has some success to difuse the impasse otherwise things could go south for the land of the free.

He said: "If you are following the daily flood of events as reported by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN — and yes, CBC — then you are hearing a story of serial catastrophe and gross incompetence in the White House, mixed with the potential venality of the president and his family and the possibility of impeachable offences he might have committed to thwart the administration of justice.

But if you are getting your information from Fox News, Breitbart.com, TheGatewayPundit.com, or the Twitter feeds of Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and others, you are getting a different story. You're hearing that "the deep state" of entrenched special interests is trying to depose an elected president in order to protect its wealth and power from his determination to "drain the swamp."

 

 

Good Luck.

mary mary's picture

"Hearts and minds".  Media/Propaganda World War.

They used to burn people at the stake who disagreed with them.  Now they Arkancide them.  Improvement?

aliens is here's picture

Please don't play nice no more. Give them hell now or we are all finished.

xtaxpayer's picture

Geez give the guy a chance.  He is slumming in the White House doing his best when he could be living in his palace. 

Ungrateful idiot US Citizens!

aliens is here's picture

I am so are a lot of people but he can't keep saying so and so are nice people when they are out to destroy him. He said Comey is a nice guy but now look at what Comey has done to him. Nobody is nice in DC this isn't his family business. Wtf, it's very frustrating.

mary mary's picture

Perhaps in the hotel business, one must always say every asshole "is nice people".  Especially if one caters to the rich and famous and even royalty.  Hard to break the habit....

punkrock's picture

If Trump has asked comey to back down, Flynn would still be on the job.

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Tomorrow Drumpf will admit that he did tell Comey to back down via tweet. Comey is smarter than Drumpf. Sad !!!!

Witchy-witch's picture

and youas smart as a goats dick dribble...

hows about a pig gut sandwich...fuckface turd eater...

ever fuck your mother....

yeah sure...who believes a zionist pig butt fucking faggot anyways...

go back to hellll skuck.

 

Farqued Up's picture

Trump is a dummy. He is not capable of draining his bladder. His son in law is stabbing his ass daily, Trump, you deserve what you get, be gone. Glib, glib.

mary mary's picture

I thought Hillary was the candidate carrying around a Colostomy Bag to drain her bladder.

Witchy-witch's picture

NO...you are the fucked up asshole that polutes this site with your god dam crap and commie Cunthag petrified come and pelosi piss on your face...

go eat some more cnn cesspool ralfaroni and shut the fuck up..

you and your go dam trash can huggin faggot collage grad dweebs that dont know your ass from a hole in the grond...

FUCK YOU bisquit lips!!

Gorgeous's picture

Reporter:  "Did you, at any time, urge..., in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?"

Trap question.  Urge?  Back down?  "Into" Michqael Flynn? POTUS is FBI's boss.  "Urging" is no crime, especially urging to "back down" an investigation into a non crime.  Just a way to say that "Trump lied about his involvement".  Gotta hate these word manipulators.  You'd think they were all spurned women whose only mission in life is to exact a pound of flesh for no other reaosn than spite and blind hate.

 

DuneCreature's picture

The MSM is fooling no one.

This is one big diversion trying to bury the Seth Rich story.

This isn't about Flynn.

This isn't about Russia.

This isn't about Trump.

This is all about keeping the Clinton Satan Foundation out of court.

AND the FBI out of the dumpster.

You are busted, Slippery Jim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocMWPx1HKZI

As I figured, the MSM comes up with some new "Squirrel!" story and the McCade winged monkeys are running around to DC area hospitals having 'meetings' with the staffs. ........ Probably handing out NSL (National Security Letters = aka Gag Orders on 'national security grounds)

What a scam and typical FBI cover-up. ........ It would not surprise me to see CCTV footage of the winged monkeys climbing out of an unmarked taking out Seth Rich for the Killary mob.

Live Hard, The Seth Rich Hit Was NO ROBBERY! .. Metro DC PD Is In On The FBI Cover-Up, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Gorgeous's picture

Yeah.  "Staffer who leaked DNC campaign emails found murdered" isn't a headline.  But "Comey wrote an email about private Trump meeting" will be leading news for a month.  Basic MO.

DuneCreature's picture

Actually both stories have legs. .. Neither one good news for FORMER FBI Director Comey. ... If his memo gibberish is true and he withheld the memo from the DoJ he is guilty of 'misprision of treason'. .... Watch in awe as Slippery Jim back peddles away from that before it takes hold and he is charged.

The Rich murder and cover-up is reminiscing of the 50+ Pentagram CCTV camera tapes that the FBI plucked up and then promptly disappeared down the rat hole on 911 never to be seen again.

These cretins think anything can be buried on National Security grounds. ........... We'll see what the American people will put up with.

BTW, if you are sent here by the IC to compromise me, it won't work, despite alluring the avatar. ...... I don't want a woman who hops out of bed first thing in the morning and wants to run out and re-shoe my pony.

Live Hard, But I Could Use A New Tomahawk, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

DEMIZEN's picture

seth rich will bring them down.

DEMIZEN's picture

seth rich will bring them down.

Witchy-witch's picture

so Dune...

when you going to whip that fucker out and use it on these assholians and zubustooge fishfucks?

hit the road runner burning tires every time...waste no pigmayonnaise on useless idiots...

unless they deserve a dump truck full of shit dumped on their houses of horseshit and barfaroni strudel doodles..

die free.

DuneCreature's picture

I love it when the witches get juiced up and start talking dirty.

Live Hard, As Long As They Aren't Casting Spells In My Direction And Trying To Turn Me Into A Tree.........Frog, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

GreatUncle's picture

But while they are fighting each other ordinary people can relax and unwind.

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

he thinks Rome is a country.

joeyusa's picture

NO THE VATACAN IS WHICH IS A INDEPENDANT STATE WITHIN ROME--

DEMIZEN's picture

thank you for this astute observation. vatacan is indeed the charted destination. it is vatican btw. named after james watt who invented aquaduct tape.

DEMIZEN's picture

dont.. pick that half dead motherfucker lieberman.

joeyusa's picture

SEEMS LIKE COMEY HAD BECOME THE NEW J.EDGER HOOVER - KEEPING FILES ON AMERICANS HE COULD LATER DESTROY--

joeyusa's picture

SEEMS LIKE COMEY HAD BECOME THE NEW J.EDGER HOOVER - KEEPING FILES ON AMERICANS HE COULD LATER DESTROY------

The Persistent Vegetable's picture

it was the orange anus who told everyone how stupid Obama was for announcing military action. So besides appointing the goldman sachs crew, he also announces to the intelligence community that hes coming after them and you guys are suprised they are gonna take him down?

He surrounded himself with swamp dwellers and then ineffectually pissed all over a whole bunch more of them, and its a shock they want him out?

Not to me. Sorry but anyone who has reached the heights that trump has reached and done it in NYC is dirty as fuck and they WILL bring him down.

 

 

 

GreatUncle's picture

Kind of a Trump  - Comey impasse - what they would have been fighting over should not be exposed ... all that criminal shit would have been dragged out into the open by all sides to defend themselves.

Nope, Comey had to go makes no difference just to ensure the shit does not get revealed when evidence is used to defend oneself in a court of law.

It is why those at the top will never see the inside of a jail for criminal behaviour.

Wilcox1's picture

The fact is, mr dipshit reporter, that winning leaders DON'T LOOK BACK.