US President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Office of the White House on January 11.
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US President Donald Trump joked about his ties to Russia after a bombshell report said that the FBI had investigated him as a potential Russian agent.Trump said that his policies resulted in low gas prices and more domestically produced oil, which did not help Russia.”But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Thought he worked for Kremlin?,” he tweeted.His tweet came after a bombshell New York Times report that said the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a witting or unwitting Russian agent after he fired FBI director James Comey in 2017. US President Donald Trump made a joke about his alleged ties with Russia, after a weekend dominated by new claims that the FBI once investigated whether he was an agent of the Russian government. Trump cited “Fox and Friends” on Twitter on Monday morning, touting a claim that gas prices in the US are falling because he had curtailed regulations on the industry. He presented this as bad news for Russia, and therefore proof that he is not working in their interests. “But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Thought he worked for Kremlin?,” he tweeted. The FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was intentionally or unintentionally working for the Russians after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, according to a bombshell New York Times report. The bureau is already investigating whether Trump’s 2016 presidential camapign colluded with Moscow, but this report is the first indication that the FBI thought that the president himself could have been acting, wittingly or unwittingly, as a Russian agent. Read More: The FBI reportedly started investigating whether Trump was a Russian asset after he fired Comey It is not clear if the counterintelligence investigation is still underway. Trump first responded to the report on Saturday, when he tweeted that former FBI leaders were “corrupt” and opened up an investigation with “no reason & with no proof.” He also repeated his now-familiar attacks on Comey, calling him “Lyin’ James Comey” and a “total sleaze.”
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