WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday (Jan 13) about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader.
Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but some had questions.
"I want to find out a little bit more about what happened there," said Senator Ted Cruz, on NBC's Meet the Press.
"I want to learn more than just the allegations in the press."
The Post reported that Trump has gone to unusual lengths to keep his private talks with Putin secret, withholding details from senior officials and at one point even taking away his own interpreter's notes.
That account followed another in The New York Times that the FBI became so alarmed after Trump fired director James Comey in May 2017 that it opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf.
'MOST INSULTING' QUESTION
Asked in an interview with Fox News late Saturday "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia," Trump responded: "I think that's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked."
"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less. I mean, it's so ridiculous," he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story.