Donald Trump Says He “Never Worked for Russia”

Meanwhile, the White House appeared to confirm Trump’s efforts to conceal his communications with Putin.

Evan Vucci/AP

After spending the weekend failing to directly deny that he had ever acted on behalf of the Russian government, President Donald Trump on Monday morning offered his most definitive response yet, telling reporters outside the White House that he “never worked for Russia.”

“I never worked for Russia. You know that answer better than anybody,” Trump said on the South Lawn. “Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question, because it’s just a whole big fat hoax.”

The president’s remarks come on the heels of two stunning reports concerning Trump and Russia: first, in the New York Times, that the FBI in May 2017 had opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on Russia’s behalf. The Washington Post followed with a story disclosing the extraordinary lengths to which the president has gone to conceal the substances of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rather than forcefully denying the report into the counterintelligence probe, Trump on Saturday lashed out at the Times, former FBI Director James Comey, and Hillary Clinton. Later in the day, during a phone-in appearance on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, Trump seemed to dodge the question of whether he had ever worked for the Kremlin.

“I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written, and if you read the article, you’ll see that they found absolutely nothing,” Trump offered instead.

As for the Post‘s report detailing Trump’s attempts to conceal his discussions with Putin, Kellyanne Conway on Monday appeared to defend and confirm Trump’s actions, citing leaks from within the administration as a possible reason why he has kept members of his own staff in the dark concerning his conversations with the Russian leader.


Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.