Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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"I'm committing the United States to Article Five, and certainly, we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force, by paying the kinds of money necessary to have that force", Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis yesterday."Absolutely, I'd be committed to Article 5", Trump said responding to a question on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday.

But Trump said at the news conference that Comey's testimony proved he had not colluded with the Russians or sought to obstruct the investigation.

In addition to saying that Comey had said there was no collusion, a statement he didn't come anywhere near, and no obstruction, a decision Comey said he would leave to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It doesn't make sense.

"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said", Trump said about Comey's testimony from yesterday.

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"I didn't say that, I will tell you I didn't say that, and there would be nothing wrong if I did say that."

Trump demurred when asked whether tapes of his talks with Comey actually exist.

President Trump said Friday he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in May.

Asked directly whether he was recording conversations in the Oval Office - a claim he hinted at on Twitter last month - Trump dodged. These complaints, along with Trump's prior unwillingness to comment on Article 5, have alienated allied leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has called for greater independence from the developing Europe's defense.

Trump said Romania has been a great ally to the USA and he's honored to host Iohannis for what the White House has said is a working visit. No, I didn't say that and I didn't say the other. He said Trump told him he had "hope" that the then-director would "let Flynn go", and that he took the suggestion as a "direction".

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If Trump was to renege on his "100 per cent" pledge to testify under oath with Mueller, the special counsel could subpoena him. Trump hinted that tapes of his conversations might exist in the days following his dismissal of Comey.

"Comey's testimony" was the headline in the National Review.

He also offered a blunt assessment Friday of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

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. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to check into the possibility of a third encounter at an April 2016 Trump campaign event that Sessions and Kislyak attended.

The president instead allowed surrogates to respond on Thursday, including his son, Donald Trump Jr., who posted dozens of tweets to his own account mocking Comey.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".

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