Former Deputy Secretary of State: Trump's secrecy on Putin meetings 'outrageous'

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

In a phone interview Saturday night, the President was asked if he ever worked for Russian Federation after the Times reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation started the probe following the firing of James Comey.

He added, "I was very concerned by President Trump's steadfast and public refusal to embrace the conclusion of our own intelligence community that Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation had interfered in our 2016 election".

The potential that Trump is working on behalf of Russian Federation, therefore, by definition posits some kind of corrupt secret relationship.

Also this weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations" with Putin from members of his own administration-"including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials".

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"Jeanine Pirro of Fox News asked him in an interview Saturday".

A protester with a poster of Trump and Putin outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump was holding a rally in August 2017.

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There remains no detailed record, even in classified files, of face-to-face meetings between Trump and Putin from five locations over the past two years, the report said.

Needless to say, this is all very unusual behavior for a United States president, and Trump has not attempted to hide his interactions with other world leaders.

Trump went on to attack the "failing" New York Times as "a disaster of a newspaper", adding, "And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".

A published report shows federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Mr Trump's behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether he had been working for the United States adversary against American interests.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Mr Comey's firing. "The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries", the daily reported.

Trump began the day calling his firing of Comey "a great day for America" in a tweetstorm of outrage over the Times story.

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"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less". "I mean, I had a conversation like every president does". Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile.

In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".

What did the Washington Post report?

"I would need a firm commitment that he will not allow any interference in the Mueller investigation", Coons said on "Fox News Sunday". "I have President Putin, he just said, it's not Russian Federation".

Strobe Talbott, who served as deputy secretary of state to President Bill Clinton, called Trump's secrecy surrounding the meetings "unusual" and "outrageous", according to the Post.

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