After Glaring Omission In Brussels, Trump Commits To NATO's Article 5

But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened clouds hanging over the White House.

President Trump last faced the White House press on May 18, nearly three weeks ago, when he held a bilateral news conference. Comey, fired by Trump last month as Federal Bureau of Investigation head, gave the account in sworn testimony to a Senate panel on Thursday.

Trump said Comey confirmed that there was "no collusion (and) no obstruction". Asked if he would speak to the issue under oath, Trump said: "100 percent".

Comey said Trump spoke with him alone in the Oval Office on February 14, one day after Flynn was forced to resign amid revelations that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump tweeted, "and WOW, Comey is a leaker!".

While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday. Trump asked, though he went on to say such a request wouldn't have been inappropriate.

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously.

Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi earlier on Friday, urging Gulf unity, but also making clear that Qatar must improve its behavior, a senior administration official told Reuters.

According to the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Trump said "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

  • Zachary Reyes