In Bonkers NY Times Interview, Trump Says 'No Collusion' 16 Times

"I think he's really bent on trying to get as much good press coverage as possible and truly believes he has been treated unfairly", he said.

Two unnamed sources told the website that Mueller's people, who are investigating Russian election interference, are looking into whether the data operation, managed by Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was connected to Russian trolls and bots that attempted to influence voters.

"The reasons given for Starr's reset are wholly specious: There is ostensibly a "drumbeat of criticism" aimed at special counsel Robert S. Mueller III which 'has become deafening, ' including 'cascading revelations of anti-Trump bias, '" Kendall wrote.

The 30-minute interview took place at Trump's golf course in West Palm Beach, Fla., after lunch with his playing partners, including his son Eric and pro-golfer Jim Herman, the Times reported.

In an impromptu sit-down interview with the New York Times Thursday, President Donald Trump covered a variety of topics, including Robert Mueller's investigation into whether or not the Trump administration colluded with the Kremlin in the 2016 Presidential election.

"It makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position", Trump said.

In reference to speculation that Trump might direct that Mueller be removed from his post as Special Counsel, the president was blunt.

"Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I'm not there", Trump said, before adding, "Without me, their ratings are going down the tubes". When Times reporter Michael Schmidt asked him to explain his North Korea tweet, Trump responded, "Which one?" "But I think it's all worked out because frankly there is absolutely no collusion, that's been proven by every Democrat is saying it".

"Timing-wise, I can't tell you".

"So they basically have to let me win", he argued. The president then elaborated further on the investigation, saying it made the United States "look very bad". "Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times".

  • Joey Payne