President Trump on Thursday dismissed the swirling allegations that his administration is too close to Russia, and called that Democratic line of attack against him more “fake news.”
“I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia,” Trump said in his first solo press conference since taking office in January.
“President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election,” Trump said. “He then called me up extremely nicely to congratulate me on the inauguration, which was terrific.
“But so did many other leaders. Almost all other leaders from almost all other countries,” he added.
“Russia is fake news. This is fake news put out by the media,” Trump concluded. “The real news is the fact that people, probably from the Obama administration because they’re there.”
Democrats have said former national security adviser Mike Flynn got too close to Russia before Trump was sworn into office, and have said Trump is curiously reluctant to criticize Russia. Democrats also say Russia hacked into Democratic emails and released them during the campaign in order to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.