Trump doesn't respond to FBI testimony in rally


Trump doesn't respond to FBI testimony in rally
  1. Trump doesn't respond to FBI testimony in rally
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    The event, which saw Trump return to the campaign trail for a confidence-infusing rally, capped one of the most consequential days of his…
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President Donald Trump did something rare Monday night: He didn't go there.

 

Speaking before a packed audience Monday, the President didn't once respond to FBI Director James Comey, who spent the day testifying about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and confirming, for the first time publicly, that there is an investigation into the connections between Trump associates and Russian operatives.

The event, which saw Trump return to the campaign trail for a confidence-infusing rally, capped one of the most consequential days of his presidency.

Though Trump has yet to respond personally to Comey, all eyes in the White House were on Capitol Hill Monday, where, in addition to Comey's appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, another hearing kicked off the process to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

"I urge members of both parties to swiftly approve his nomination," Trump said Monday, his only comment on what happened to the Hill.

By not commenting on Comey, Trump was also staying mum on his unfounded claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. Comey said Monday that there was no evidence found related to Trump's claim, leading Democrats to use the hours of airtime to slam the President.

But Trump didn't take the bait, instead focusing on his health care overhaul, which could go to the floor as early as Thursday. At one point, Trump blamed the media for making it more difficult to pass the reform.

"Wouldn't it be great if they told the truth about Obamacare," Trump said about reporters. "It would be so wonderful for the people of this country because it would just sail right through. Our plan would sail right through."

Trump said Thursday's vote was Republican's "chance to end Obamacare and the Obamacare catastrophe and begin delivering the reforms our people deserve."

As Trump told it Monday, health care reform was the only thing standing in the way of ending trade deals and tax reform.

"Oh, I am looking forward to these trade deals," Trump said, hanging on the "oh." "We are going to do something with NAFTA you are going to be very, very impressed with."

The most off-message Trump went all night was when he mentioned former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who notably declined to stand for the national anthem during the 2016 season and has yet to be picked up by an NFL team.

The President, citing reports that NFL owners don't want to get a negative tweet from him if they pick Kaepernick up, happily took credit.

"It was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," he said. "Can you believe that?"

While Trump didn't mention Comey, the White House tried to distance the Trump campaign from some of the campaign advisers in question and argued that the investigation into 2016 wiretapping and surveillance wasn't finished.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also stood behind a series of comments from Obama administration officials who said they saw no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

On his personal Twitter account, Trump slammed any talk of connections between his 2016 campaign and Russia before Monday's hearing.

"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" Trump wrote, referring to the director of national…

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