President Trump refused to directly answer Fox News host Jeanine Pirro’s question about whether he had ever “worked for Russia,” saying it’s “the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked.”
The question followed a bombshell New York Times report that the FBI had opened an inquiry into whether the president was working for the Kremlin after Trump’s 2017 firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Pirro, laughing, asked the president: “Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?”
“I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked,” Trump responded. “I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written.”
Trump on the NYT article about the FBI counterintelligence investigation: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked. I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written." pic.twitter.com/F0QUu1oRhG
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) January 13, 2019
Trump on Saturday defended his firing of Comey and his handling of Russia, saying he has been “tougher” on Moscow than any other past presidents.
“I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Maybe tougher than any other President.”
Trump also responded to a Washington Post report that said the president tried to conceal conversations that he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin during face-to-face meetings.
Trump called the report “ridiculous” and told PIrro: “I’m not keeping anything under wraps.”