Trump says US is committed to mutual support of NATO allies

President Donald Trump said on Friday what he would not at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters last month: He is committed to NATO's principle of common defense.

"No collusion. No obstruction".

The brief news conference - where each President took two questions from the press - comes the day after James Comey's bombshell Capitol Hill testimony in which the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director accused the White House of "lies".

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.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had orchestrated the public release of the information.

And Comey admitted that he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, correctly betting that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor. And he said multiple times that he choose to take detailed notes about his interactions with Trump because he anxious the White House and President would lie about them if he didn't. Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past.

"I'll tell you about that maybe in the very near future", he said. The committee is seeking the materials by June 23.

Pundits and legal experts were divided about whether Trump's actions rose to the level of obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense.

"It crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed". It was a stunning accusation, suggesting that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director had lied to Congress, while under oath.

In his testimony, Comey recalled that during a private White House dinner on January 27, the president asked him for "loyalty" and to lay off his former top aide Flynn - who is under investigation over his Russian Federation ties - imploring Comey to "let this go".

"I decided, along with secretary of state Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding, they have to end that funding and its extremist ideology", Trump said. "I hardly know the man".

Now he claims those remarks have been effective in bringing in more funds.

  • Annette Adams