At a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, U.S. President Donald Trump called the probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is a "witch hunt" meant to divide the country. From Thursday's news conference:
JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: Mr. President, I'd like to get your reaction to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Russia -- Russian interference in the campaign. Was this the right move? Or is this part of a witch hunt?
TRUMP: Well, I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. And there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. But I can always speak for myself and the Russians -- zero. I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things...
I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well. We made tremendous progress in the last 100 and some odd days. Tremendous progress. And you see job numbers, you see all of the production that's starting, plants starting to open again, haven't been open in years. I'm very proud of it. That's what I want to be focused on because believe me, there's no collusion. Russia is fine, but whether it's Russia or anybody else, my total priority, believe me, is the United States of America. Thank you very much.