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President Donald Trump at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

President Donald Trump said Thursday he didn't direct his former national security adviser Michael Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador - but said he would have if he thought Flynn wasn't going to.

"It's all fake news", Trump told reporters at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, calling the matter a "fabricated deal to make up for the loss of the Democrats".

The White House said Tuesday that Trump asked Flynn to resign after reports that he discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the USA before Trump's inauguration last month despite previously denying to Pence and other top officials that he had such conversations. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media - as I call it, the fake media, in many cases.

The President called on the "New York Times" on Twitter to apologize for its story alleging some aides were in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign.

Trump insisted, however, that the only reason he asked for Flynn's resignation is because he "didn't tell our Vice President properly and then he said he didn't remember, so either way that wasn't very satisfactory to me". The uncertainty, the editors note, is borne out of Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.

"I don't mind bad stories, I can handle a bad story better than anybody, as long as it's true".

The President said he would announce a "new and very comprehensive order to protect our people" some time next week. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates advised the White House in late January that Flynn may have broken the law by negotiating with a country in a diplomatic dispute with the US.

The Trump camp denies having any untoward Russian contacts. "I hadn't spoken to them", Trump said.

On Capitol Hill, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday introduced companion legislation to a Senate measure aiming to enhance congressional oversight of Russian sanctions.

The crisis over the relationship between United States President Donald Trump's aides and Russian Federation deepened yesterday as a growing number of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans demanded expanded congressional inquiries into the matter. He went on to say "I've never seen more dishonest media than, frankly, the political media". "Right now, no one knows who in the White House had knowledge of or input into Flynn's calls". I certainly didn't win by people listening to you people. For one thing, he said, it was unclear whether information from the NSC was making it onto Mr Trump's desk.

"It would be much easier for me to be so tough on Russian Federation, the tougher I am on Russian Federation the better, but you know what?" "I$3 t's an illegal process and the press should be ashamed of themselves". Trump also criticized the "illegally leaked" documents provided to news outlets by the USA intelligence community. When asked to resolve the contradiction between his current crusade against leaks purportedly coming from the intelligence community and his past praise of WikiLeaks for its leaking of damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Trump falsely claimed that WikiLeaks doesn't leak classified information. It's all fake news.