Trump calls ques­tion on whether he has worked for Rus­sia ‘in­sult­ing’

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump avoided di­rectly an­swer­ing when asked whether he cur­rently is or has ever worked for Rus­sia after a pub­lished re­port said law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, con­cerned about his be­hav­iour after he fired FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey in 2017, had be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing that pos­si­bil­ity.

Trump said it was the “most in­sult­ing’’ ques­tion he’d ever been asked.

The New York Times re­port Fri­day cited un­named for­mer law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and oth­ers fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Trump re­sponded to the story Satur­day dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view broad­cast on Fox News Chan­nel after host Jea­nine Pirro, a per­sonal friend, asked the Rus­sia ques­tion.

“I think it’s the most in­sult­ing thing I’ve ever been asked,’’ Trump said. “I think it’s the most in­sult­ing ar­ti­cle I’ve ever had writ­ten, and if you read the ar­ti­cle you’ll see that they found ab­so­lutely noth­ing.’’

Trump never an­swered Pirro di­rectly, but went on to as­sert that no pres­i­dent has taken a harder stance against Rus­sia than he has.

“If you ask the folks in Rus­sia, I’ve been tougher on Rus­sia than any­body else, any other ... prob­a­bly any other pres­i­dent, pe­riod, but cer­tainly the last three or four pres­i­dents.’’

Trump’s claim was dis­puted by Vir­ginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Demo­crat on the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.

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