Comey's almost three-hour testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was his first chance to speak in public about the meetings and conversations he had with Trump during the months before being fired. Trump also said that Comey's testimony "vindicated" the president and that everything in it was "basically ridiculous". Asked if he had taped their conversations, Trump said he would reveal that answer soon.
The US president stunned Europe's leaders at a summit in Brussels on May 25 when he failed to publicly back the now 29-member bloc's founding mutual defense guarantee. "Because together we can confront the common security challenges facing the world", he added. Last year, only five of the 28 countries met the two percent goal: the U.S., Greece, Britain, Estonia and Poland.
Sessions had been scheduled to testify before other committees about the Justice Department's budget that day, but he will instead appear before the intelligence panel. The White House has still not said publicly whether or not the President retains confidence in his attorney general. "Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said during his questioning.
In Kabul, meanwhile, the US military command said an unspecified number of Afghan police were killed and wounded in a "friendly fire" incident during a joint Afghan-US operation overnight Saturday. Although once relatively common, "green-on-blue" attacks have decreased following stricter security measures and the sharp decline in foreign troops in the country.
In a rare public statement , Tillerson appealed to the Middle Eastern and North African governments behind the blockade of Qatar. "We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately", he said.
A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday.