Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

"No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference.

Trump said Friday that the U.S.is committed to the mutual defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Earlier in his press conference, Trump said he was "happy" with parts of Comey's testimony, including that the former FBI director said he had assured the president he wasn't personally under investigation regarding the Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides. "But yes, absolutely, I would be committed to Article 5".

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

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said Trump's private comments urging him to drop the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn led him to tell his Justice Department colleagues they needed to be careful.

Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.

The Trump administration has also highlighted the fact Comey stopped short of accusing the president of obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense.

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Trump dodged questions at a news conference about whether, as he's hinted, the conversations with Comey were taped.

President Donald Trump is accusing Qatar of funding terrorism at a "very high level" and says it must stop now. The committee is seeking the materials by June 23.

President Donald Trump says he's working to streamline the permit process for infrastructure projects across the country to get them finished faster. But he said the USA would abide by its treaty obligations. Tillerson had called on the Arab nations to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar. Trump wrote at 6:10 a.m. A person close to Trump's legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.

Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters.

Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Sen.

"And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible".

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