President Donald Trump held a press conference at Camp David this week, and offered some insights into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Trump is now dogged by a new book called “Fire and Fury,” by author Michael Wolff, that includes an excerpt of former advisor Steve Bannon accusing his son, Donald Trump Jr., of treason.
After a week of slandering Bannon as disgruntled and seeking revenge, and the author Michael Wolff as a fabricator, Trump spoke about the charges they were accusing him of. “Everything I’ve done is 100 percent proper,” Trump said. “That is what I do, is I do things proper.”
He continued, about Russia, “Just so you understand, there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime.”
Trump continued his running commentary about the book itself, saying, “I consider it a work of fiction.” “Libel laws are very weak in this country,” he said. “If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen.”
President Trump was at Camp David for a meeting with Congressional leadership. He also used the press conference to portray himself as a bipartisan leader, eager to work across the aisle for the good of the country. “I think we’re going to go bipartisan; we’re going to have some bipartisan bills,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence added, “We truly do believe that there are opportunities after our discussions this weekend for bipartisan work on a broad range of issue from infrastructure to workforce and vocational education.”
These comments, however, came on the heels of a controversial bargain Trump tried to strike with Democratic leadership. After threatening to repeal the Obama-era DACA law, which offers protections for children of immigrants, Trump said that he would only keep the law in place if Democrats approved funding for his border wall. “We all want DACA to happen,” Trump said. “But we also want great security for our country. So important.”