White House spokesman Sean Spicer says President Trump has ''no personal financial dealings with Russia,'' in answer to reporter questions related to a published report on former campaign chair Paul Manafort. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump has "no personal financial dealings with Russia," said White House spokesman Sean Spicer during a press briefing on Wednesday (March 22). Spicer responded to a question about Paul Manafort, the chair of Trump's presidential campaign for five months, who the Associated Press said pitched a Russian oligarch on a proposal to "greatly benefit the Putin government" in 2005. "Nothing in this morning's report references any actions by the president, the White House or any Trump administration official" said Spicer. "The president has no personal financial dealings with Russia. His ties are limited to hosting a contest in Russia once and selling a Palm Beach home to a businessman in 2005. That's it," Spicer said. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election.