Trump commits to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mutual defense after hesitating

President Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell who served a 19-month prison sentence left and former FBI Director James Comey

President Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell who served a 19-month prison sentence left and former FBI Director James Comey

Trump will most likely be questioned about Thursday's testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.

The remarks were a defiant response from Mr Trump, who had remained uncharacteristically silent on social media during Mr Comey's blockbuster day of testimony Thursday, as he is facing fresh questions about whether his interactions with his former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief amounted to an attempt to obstruct justice.

According to the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Trump said "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Still, he maintained he had never asked Comey for a pledge of allegiance.

Trump faced journalists at the White House on Friday afternoon in a joint news conference with the president of Romania, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner.

While disputing Comey's testimony, Trump castigated the entire hearing as "just an excuse" to blame their election loss on a false narrative about Russian Federation.

The president then called on ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl - but cut him off before he could actually ask a question.

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Trump again refused to say if there are tapes of his conversations at the White House. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) was asked whether Trump should be more forthcoming with the American public after calling Comey a liar on Twitter.

While Comey said Trump had lied about him, Trump didn't use that exact terminology in return on Friday.

Appearing with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, Trump also reiterated his call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to meet the guideline - along with his claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members should repay what he regards as underpayments from previous years.

He said his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony. White House aides said the president's support was implied even though he deliberately did not utter the words.

Trump continued to be coy about the possibility of there being recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he has suggested previously.

Trump has remained relatively media shy since the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel looking into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible ties to it.