'Russia, Russia, Russia': Trump using all the Twitter characters to slam 'phony' probe

Monday, 27 November 2017, 07:26:15 AM. The president said the investigation was a Democrat excuse for the presidential election loss.

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to make his feelings about what he dubbed the “phony” Russia probe perfectly clear – just in case there was any doubt.

The president has previously suggested he isn’t convinced there is any reason for a probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election; and doubled down on his view the probe is a “Democrat excuse for losing the election” amid reports Mike Flynn is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

“Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump wrote.

president donald trump panama papers U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from the media at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 11, 2017. Trump's name appears 3,450 times in the Panama Papers. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he added, in a demonstration of why the site previously opted to allow fewer characters.

Several days prior to Trump’s tweet, The New York Times reported the president’s former national security adviser Flynn’s lawyers had ended an information-sharing agreement with Trump's attorneys amid the probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election.

Such a move may suggest that Flynn is attempting to make a deal as the special counsel’s investigation continues, with The New York Times on Thursday reporting that the apparent legal shift may suggest that the former national security adviser "is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal."

The president’s Sunday tweet is not the first time he has suggested he has no time for the Russia probe.

Recently, Trump infuriated members of the U.S. intelligence community when he said he accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that Russia had not attempted to meddle in the U.S. election.

“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. I think he is very insulted by it," Trump said after meeting Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at the beginning of November, in comments he later stepped back from.

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