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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alphasammae's picture

So Colombian president got ignored and cold a shoulder during the press conference afterall he is not a G7 member or an Israeli president or Saudi monarch.

Not if any one has noticed about protocol and good manners, but it is kind of rude and awkward to see President Trump normally come into the WH press room first to take the first stand to the left facing the entry and his presidential guest is left behind the curtain so that when he enters the room he comes in to face the back of President Trump not knowing where to go and with a narrow area to squeeze through the back of President Trump to reach his stand. Most of the time President Trump has to turn left and make hand action to his guest president left behind to come in and squeeze through his back. 

I believe both presidents should enter the room at the same time with the guest president walking on the right of President Trump so that when they reach the entry the guest president can proceed first to take the stand at the back and to the right of President Trump's stand and avoid waiting for hand action and having to squeeze through the back  of President Trump! I have noticed same issue with other presidents like the Palestinian president and another one.

Yen Cross's picture

  Well, yes- Actually you were Human- Donald. 

  You did what any loyal person would do for a friend. You didn't break the law. Nor did you voilate any policy covenants.

  It's time Mr. Trump, for you to fully dispose of the element's that are tainting your office.

  Drain the Swamp, of all the Squids. Read some books on finance, and fire Mnuchin. [I know better people for the job]

 

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

You are correct. He is human.

 

No President Trump was not candid.

 

His body language gave it away. He shook his head 'yes' while saying "no". Thre were other indicators.

 

Warch this tutiorial on Body Language.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pni_kDv9BsU

 

Do not attempt this on your spouse unless you are prepared for the truth.

 

I agree that is is way past time that he Drained the Damned Swamp.

 

Sad.

 

I am sure that you do know people who are best qualified for the job, Yen Cross.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

This is not about trump, it is about me and you.  The deep state, libtards, media, et al seek to nullify our votes through other means.