Trump Responds to Report He Tried to Fire Mueller: 'Fake News From the NY Times'

Here's Trump at the economic forum in Davos



WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump demanded the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June but backed down after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign, according to a New York Times report that Trump quickly dismissed Friday as "fake news."

The newspaper reported that Trump demanded Mueller's firing just weeks after the special counsel was first appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump pushed back against the report, without addressing the specific allegation, as he arrived Friday at the site of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"Fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories," Trump told reporters.