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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis, speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump said he would tell us about tapes 'sometime in the very near future'


President Trump wouldn't say Friday whether or not there are any tapes of conversations he's had with officials at the White House, but told reporters "I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future." 

Trump made the confusing comment during a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. It was his first press conference since former FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate panel on Thursday.

Trump tweeted about possible "tapes" after firing Comey in May. 

On Thursday, Comey told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee under oath that Trump was a "liar" and had defamed the FBI. He also said Trump had asked him to end the FBI investigation into possible criminal activity by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey also admitted that after he was fired, he was so concerned by Trump's comments to the media that he had a friend leak his personal memos detailing conversations he had with the President. 

When asked about Comey's testimony on Friday, Trump said "no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker. We want to get back to running our country." 

Trump seemed to hint that he had evidence that Comey's testimony was false. When a reporter asked him again if he was hinting at the existence of tapes, Trump said, "I'm not hinting at anything. I'll tell you about it over a fairly short period of time." 

He added, "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer." 

During the press conference, Trump said "some of the thing [Comey] said just weren't true."

In his opening remarks, Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism "at a very high level" and called on all nations to end funding to terrorist organizations. 

Trump also seemed to praise a blockade against Qatar. This week Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt all cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar. 

It's not clear how Trump's condemnation of the tiny gulf nation will affect U.S. military cooperation with Qatar where roughly 10,000 U.S. troops stationed.

Trump's comments in the Rose Garden seemed to contradict the State Department's position.

Earlier on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called on gulf states to ease the blockade. 

"The blockage is hindering U.S. military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS," Tillerson told reporters Friday, according to ABC News

Read Tillerson's statement here. 

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