Trump joined with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, highlighting the two nations' deep roots.
President Donald Trump repeated his contention that there wasn't any collusion with Russian Federation, but he declined to say whether he would agree to a possible interview request from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian Federation meddling in last year's election. "When they have no collusion - and nobody's found any collusion at any level - it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview".
Numerous congressional committees along with special counsel Robert Mueller are now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's team and Moscow during the race.
He's attributed with uncovering the existence of a private email address used by Mrs. Clinton in office, the likes of which spurred a federal investigation widely blamed with disrupting her 2016 presidential bid.
The 71-year-old president has strenuously denied that his campaign worked with Russian Federation to undermine the campaign of Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.
"The witch hunt continues", Trump claimed. "You would want to know as much as possible before you go to the President".
Six senior House Democrats from key committees wrote to Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday to accuse Republicans of putting Mr. Trump "ahead of our national interests" and to urge them to double down on the issue.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have redoubled their efforts to draw attention to broad issues of election security and what they characterize as unsafe inaction by Republicans, who control all levels of government in Washington before this year's midterms.
Dodging the question, Trump instead offered up criticism of the allegations of collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation - insisting there has been "no collusion" - and also criticized the investigations that have ensued, which Trump called "a Democrat hoax".
Mr Trump's lawyers have previously stated their determination to co-operate with requests in the probe, which has already resulted in charges against four of Mr Trump's campaign advisers. Mueller deputy James Quarles, who oversees the White House portion of the special counsel investigation, also attended.
Smith claimed Trump's comments ruined the good favor he received for his "brilliant" performance during the prior day.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he hopes President Donald Trump does not try to direct him to "take control" of the Russian Federation probe.
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Democrats said Trump is trying to block the investigation, citing his call to Republicans to "take control" of it.
He can also prosecute anyone who interferes in his investigation through crimes including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence with Michael Flynn in February. Others say Trump should find a way to cooperate that limits his potential legal exposure. "We need it for security".