Trump: 'I Respect the Move, But the Entire Thing Has Been a Witch Hunt'

By Melanie Arter | May 18, 2017 | 5:27 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - In a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, President Donald Trump said Thursday that while he respects Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to name a special counsel to investigate Russia's influence on the presidential election, he thinks "the entire thing has been a witch hunt" that has divided the country.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there was no collusion between simply myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself and the Russians - zero. I think it divides the country," Trump said.



"I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things, so I can tell you that we won't bring this great country of ours together, John, and I will also say very strongly, we've had tremendous success," he said.

The president pointed to the unemployment numbers and immigration enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border as examples of the success of his administration so far.

"You look at our jobs numbers. You look at what's going on at the borders - we've discussed before. You look at what will be happening. You're going to see some incredible numbers with respect to the success of General Mattis and others with the ISIS situation," he said.

"Tomorrow as you know, I'm going to Saudi Arabia. I'm going to Israel. I'm going to Rome. We have the G-7. We have a lot of great things going on, so I hate to see anything that divides," the president said.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well," Trump said. 

"You see all of the production that's started, plants starting to open again, haven't been open in years. I'm very proud of it. That's what I want to be focused on, because believe me, there's no collusion. Russia is fine, but whether it's Russia or anybody else. My total priority - believe me - is the United States," he added.