Officials wish Trump denial of working with Russia was more forceful

President Trump & President Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Photo Date: 7/16/2018 / Photo: Kremlin.ru / (CC BY 4.0) / MGN
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials are expressing regret that President Donald Trump didn't more clearly and forcefully deny working on behalf of Russia when asked during a Fox News interview.

That's according to aides and Republicans close to the White House who spoke to The Associated Press.

The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials began investigating, in 2017, whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against U.S. interests. When asked about the Times report, Trump called it "insulting."

In the same interview, Trump also objected to a report in The Washington Post that said he went to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.