(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump said at a joint White House press briefing with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis that some of the things that former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday “just weren’t true” and that he “would be glad to tell” Independent Counsel Robert Mueller the same things he was telling the reporter who was questioning him.
“James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said,” Trump said about Comey’s testimony from yesterday. “And some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”
A bit later in the briefing, a reporter asked Trump: “So, he said those things under oath. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?
“100 percent. I didn’t say under oath,” said Trump. “I hardly know the man [Comey]. I am not going to say: I want you to pledge allegiance. Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense. No, I didn’t say that and I didn’t say the other.
“So, if Robert Mueller wanted to speak to you about that, you would,” asked the reporter.
“I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you,” said Trump.
Here are two exchanges in today’s press briefing where Trump countered Comey’s testimony:
Dave Boyer, The Washington Times: Mr. President, this morning on Twitter you were referring to the testimony of James Comey vindicating you. But I wondered if you could tell us in person, sir, why you feel that his testimony vindicated you when it’s really boils down to his word against your word. And if you could also tell us, sir: Do tapes exist of your conversations with him?
Trump: Well, I will tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future. But in the meantime: No collusion. No obstruction. He’s a leaker. But we want to get back to running our great country. Jobs. Trade deficits—we want them to disappear fast. North Korea, big problem. Middle East, a big problem. So that’s what I am focused on, that’s what I have been focused on. But yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. We are doing really well. That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost because it is almost impossible for the Democrats to lose the Electoral College, as you know. You have to run up the whole East Coast and you have to win everything as a Republican, and that’s just what we did. So, it was just an excuse. But, we were very, very happy, and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. And some of the things that he said just weren’t true. Thank you very much.
Trump: Go ahead, Jon.
Jonathan Karl, ABC News: Thank you.
Trump: Be fair, Jon.
Karl: Oh, absolutely.
Trump: Remember how nice you used to be before I ran. Such a nice man.
Karl: Always fair. Mr. President, I want to get back to James Comey’s testimony. You suggested he didn’t tell the truth in everything he said. He did say under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn, you said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let go.
Trump: I didn’t say that.
Karl: So, he lied about that?
Trump: Well, I didn’t say that. I mean, I will tell you I didn’t say that.
Karl: And did he ask you to pledge his loyalty—
Trump: And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today. But I did not say that.
Karl: And did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? That’s another thing he said.
Trump: No, he did not.
Karl: So, he said those things under oath. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?
Trump: 100 percent. I didn’t say under oath. I hardly know the man. I am not going to say: I want you to pledge allegiance. Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean, think of it, I hardly know the man. It doesn’t make sense. No, I didn’t say that and I didn’t say the other.
Karl: So, if Robert Mueller wanted to speak to you about that, you would–
Trump: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you.
Karl: And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.
Trump: I’m not hinting at anything. I will tell you about it over a very short period of time.
Reporter: When is that?
Trump: Okay, do you have a question here?
Karl: When will you tell us about the recordings?
Trump: Over a very short period of time.
Reporter: Are there tapes, sir.
Trump: Oh, you are going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don’t worry.