"We make the greatest military equipment in the world, and you buy a lot of it and we appreciate that", Mr. Trump said. Burck is not representing Bannon before special counsel Robert Mueller or inquiries relating to Bannon's work during the transition or days in the White House, according to the source.
That turns mostly all the attention to Mueller, who has expressed interest in interviewing Trump in the coming months and who has been a consistent thorn for Trump's presidency in the eight months since he became special counsel.
"For 11 months, we've had this phony cloud over this administration", Trump said. "It's an important issue for us and we are committed to the Paris agreement", said the foreign leader, prompting Trump - the man who doesn't know the difference between climate and weather - to add the USA could "go back" into the climate deal. "It was a Democrat hoax".
He explained that Mueller could ask Trump why he asked former FBI Director James Comey to take it easy on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and why he later fired Comey.
The remarks mark a turning point from Trump's statement last June, when he said that he would be "100%" willing to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey.
The US president said he will speak to his attorneys regarding the issue.
WASHINGTON ― President on Wednesday again insisted the multiple investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation are "the single greatest witch hunt in American history" and suggested that Republicans "take control" of the investigations.
Trump also assailed California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, calling her "sneaky" because on Tuesday she released a transcript of an August interview with the head of a firm that produced a dossier containing allegations about Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Ms Feinstein is the top Democrat on the panel.
"We don't care about her".
They also said Simpson's testimony had been selectively leaked and called for release of the full transcripts of his interview.
As 2018 has begun, only the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation remains on bipartisan ground. Sen.
"The Paris Accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen".
Trump said he would not sign an immigration overhaul bill that excludes funding for his proposed southern border wall.
He later claimed he was continuing to negotiate witnesses with Ms Feinstein in the Russian Federation probe.
Trump has derided the dossier as a politically motivated hit job. Republicans have attempted to discredit the dossier as a tool the Federal Bureau of Investigation shouldn't have trusted.
"I feel very strongly about the environment", he said.
Ms Feinstein said that she was trying to set the record straight after speculation about Mr Simpson's interview. The email was also sent to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Brad Parscale, who ran the campaign's data operation.
Trump is referring to an opposition research document that was compiled on him during the election, and it includes unverified allegations that the Russian government has compromising personal and financial information about the President. Among the witnesses he wants to interview: Ivanka Trump, plus he says the panel should consider issuing a subpoena to Trump Jr. for information he withheld during his classified hearing past year. Asked about Trump's tweet, she brushed off the idea that the release had anything to do with her election.