Politics

Trump Goes Off Against ‘Phony’ Investigation Hovering Over His Head

President Donald Trump called out his “haters and enemies” Thursday in a 30-minute rant that included trashing an investigation designed to muddy-up his presidency.

“I have a phony cloud over my head that doesn’t exist,” Trump said during a “Fox & Friends” segment discussing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. The president thrashed CNN and NBC during the segment as well for feeding into the frenzy.

“There’s no collusion with me and the Russians,” Trump emphasized. “Nobody’s been tougher to Russia than I am.” The president has made similar remarks in the past regarding his handling of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump told reporters in March that Putin would have his hands full if he went full bore against the U.S.

The Kremlin wouldn’t stand a chance in a Cold War-style nuclear arms race, Trump said in a March 21 phone call with Putin shortly after the Russian president won re-election. Trump also alerted European leaders to say Putin sounded dangerous, an adviser aware of the conversation told NBC.

“If you want to have an arms race, we can do that, but I’ll win,” two officials said the president told Putin. The president’s tougher stance stems from Putin’s early March claim Russia has new nuclear-capable weapons that could hit the U.S. The Russian leader’s bold talk “really got under the president’s skin,” one official said.

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