Trump takes the victim position on 'witch hunt'
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has complained he is the victim of a "witch hunt” following the appointment of a former FBI director to lead an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia.
"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he tweeted on Thursday night.
In a joint media conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos yesterday, Mr Trump reiterated his claims that he was being unfairly targeted.
"I respect the move but the entire move has been a witch hunt,” he said.
"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed up, not unified country.
"We have very important things to be doing right now, whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear ... and I think this shows a very divided country. As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”
Earlier in the week, Mr Trump complained to graduates at the Coast Guard Academy that "no politician in history” had been "treated worse or more unfairly” than him.
On Thursday, the Justice Department appointed past FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into allegations Mr Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the election that put him in the White House.
Reuters reported deposed national security adviser Michael Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials including ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak during the election.
The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the US presidential election and contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia.