"There is nobody that feels more strongly about our soldiers, our wounded warriors, our soldiers that died in war than I do. It's a hoax just like the fake dossier was a hoax, just like the Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax. It was a total hoax, no collusion. Just like so many other things, it's a hoax," the president said at a news conference on Friday.
"You'll hear more of these things totally unrelated as we get closer and closer to election," Trump continued. "The magazine is a failing magazine. And nobody called me. Nobody called me from the magazine saying do you have a comment about it. No, they just write whatever they want right because they figure you can't get sued. You can get sued but it's very -- it's a very hard bringing lawsuits."
"But we have many witnesses," he said. "And it's just a total continuation of the witch hunt so that it and hopefully affect the election. But the American people are too smart. So, whether it's the fake dossier that turned out to be a total fraud or so many other things, so many other things have turned out. I've been under investigation from before I even got elected. These people have gone after me more than any president in the United States in history, in the history of the United States. And it's a shame. It's a shame."
"So, it's a disgrace that somebody's allowed to write things like that," Trump said. "It could have been. You know, a lot of times the sources aren't sources. They don't exist. And sometimes the sources are just people that are disgruntled former so-called employees."