Trump Leaves for First Overseas Trip Amid WH Controversy

WASHINGTON -- President Trump embarks on his first international trip as Commander-in-Chief later today amid a slew of bad headlines that have shaken the White House this week.

The topics, including the Justice Department's decision to appoint Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election...overshadowed the President's third visit of the week from a foreign leader yesterday.

"There was no collusion."  The FBI's ongoing Russia investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos Thursday.

President Trump, responding to the Justice Department naming Special Counsel, Robert Mueller to lead the way.  "Well, I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt."

Senate lawmakers emerged from a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein yesterday.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) alluded that the investigation has taken a new turn.
"It's now considered a criminal investigation."

Democrats in attendance also contradicted the President's latest narrative for firing James Comey as FBI Director after pressing Rosenstein himself on the issue.
"He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

The president also faced questions about his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
A reporter asked; "Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn. And also as you look back--"
"No. No. Next question."

Thursday, he said he is "very close" to picking a new FBI Director and that he would make a decision "soon." Mr. Trump added that former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman was one of his top picks for the job.

Amid all the turmoil, President Trump leaves Washington today for a multi-city overseas trip meant to bolster relations with Muslim and NATO allies.  "I'm going to Saudi Arabia, I'm going to Israel, I'm going to Rome, we have the G7."

While abroad, President Trump will visit five countries in a little over a week.  He arrives in Saudi Arabia Saturday.

President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia tomorrow. Thursday, he said he is "very close" to picking a new FBI Director and that he would make a decision "soon." Mr. Trump added that former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman was one of his top picks for the job.

(Weijia Jiang CBS News)


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