Trump pushes back reports of firing Special Counsel Mueller

President Trump is pushing back against reports that he ordered a White House lawyer to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Posted: Jan 27, 2018 10:03 AM
Updated: Jan 27, 2018 10:04 AM

President Trump is pushing back against reports that he ordered a White House lawyer to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

The New York Times reported the president backed off his desire to fire Mueller, but only after White House lawyer Don Mcgahn. 

President Trump returned from Switzerland to the White House Friday evening and huddled with his communications staff on Marine One.

He then stopped only to address questions from reporters about his trip to Davos.

"I think it was a very, very successful trip," Trump said.

Neither the White House nor White House Counsel Don Mcgahn has issued a denial of the report that Trump wanted Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired. CBS News has confirmed last June President Trump was angry about Mueller's investigation and raised concerns about three possibleMuellerr conflicts of interest.

But top White House advisers told Trump the conflicts of interest were not grounds to fire Mueller and that doing so would be politically catastrophic, leading the president to drop the idea.

"Fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories," Trump said after a reporter asked if he wanted Mueller fired. 

Before departing Davos, Trump suggested the reports were false, while using his address to the world economic forum to say the U.S. is open for business.

"America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world," Trump said. 

His two-day visit was also a chance to make up for some diplomatic missteps.

In a meeting with Rwanda's president, he ignored questions about his alleged use of a vulgar term to refer to African nations.

And in an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, he was asked to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim content from a far-right group in November.

"If you're telling me they're horrible racist people, I would certainly apologize if you would like me to do with that," Trump said. 

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