‘I Haven’t Called Russia in 10 Years,’ Trump Says, Rejecting Calls for Investigation Into His Ties to the Country

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President Trump rejected calls for an independent investigation of his ties to Russia, telling a group of business leaders Monday that he hasn’t called Russia in a decade.

President Donald Trump leads a listening session with health insurance company CEO's in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump leads a listening session with health insurance company CEO’s in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

At the start of a White House meeting with healthcare executives, a reporter asked Trump whether a special prosecutor should be assigned to investigate allegations of Russian meddling during the election.

In response, Trump mouthed the word “no” to the executives. As reporters were led out of the room, Trump said: “I haven’t called Russia in 10 years.”

Democratic lawmakers have ramped up their calls for additional investigations into allegations that Trump allies had been in contact with Russian officials during the election and inappropriately discussed U.S. sanctions against the Moscow regime during the transition.

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