President Trump, responding to reports that the FBI had opened an investigation into whether he was willingly or unwittingly working on behalf of the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that he “never worked for Russia”.

“I never worked for Russia, and you know that answer better than anybody. I never worked for Russia. Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it is a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax. It is just a hoax,” he told reporters as he prepared for a trip to New Orleans.

Asked whether he was a Russian asset during a call to Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, he said “I think it is the most insulting thing I have ever been asked,” before bashing the New York Times, which broke the story about the FBI probe. But he did not directly answer Pirro’s question of whether he had actually worked for Russia.

Variety and the Washington Post also reported that Trump had concealed details of his conversations with Putin, including an instance in 2017 when the president took the notes of his interpreter and instructed him not to discuss the meeting.

Trump told reporters that he didn’t “know anything about it,” and went on to say that the conversation with the Russian president “was a very successful meeting.”
“I have those meetings one on one with all leaders,” he said.