Trump calls reports of trying to sack Mueller as fake news
Jan 26, Washington DC: US President Donald Trump has described a report that he ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but backed down when his own lawyer threatened to resign, as fake news.
White House counsel Donald McGahn said the sacking would have a "catastrophic effect" on the presidency, the New York Times reported.Mueller is leading an inquiry into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia to influence the US election.
"Fake News. Typical New York Times. Fake Stories," Mr Trump said at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, where he is due to give a speech later. Russian news agency Tass quoted Mr Trump as saying he "hoped" for more dialogue between the US and Russia.
White House officials said Mr Trump was open to rejoining the Paris climate change agreement, if better terms for the US could be agreed. Trump will say in his speech that he is in favour of "fair and reciprocal" free trade but will not tolerate trade abuses and intellectual property theft, according to US officials, Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed special counsel last May to look into the collusion allegations.
His appointment came after Mr Trump had fired FBI director James Comey, saying in an interview it was because of "this Russia thing". Mr Mueller is also looking into whether that represented an obstruction of justice.
The Oslo Times International News Network