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Officials held daily White House briefing after president's NBC News interview

WASHINGTON – Officials held the daily White House briefing Friday after President Donald Trump's interview with NBC News.

The White House is denying that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey for his loyalty during a White House dinner in January.

Press secretary Sean Spicer is refuting that account during his daily briefing. He says the president wants "loyalty to this country and to the rule of law."

An associate of the fired FBI director confirmed Friday that Trump asked for Comey's loyalty during the private dinner. The associate with knowledge of the conversation confirmed an account of the conversation in The New York Times is accurate.

During the dinner, Comey refused to pledge his loyalty and instead offered the president his honesty.

The FBI is looking into Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any potential ties to Trump's campaign.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is declining to say whether President Donald Trump taped conversations he had with fired FBI Director James Comey.

Spicer says: "The president has nothing further to add on that."

Spicer was asked multiple times during the daily White House briefing about the president's Friday morning tweet stating that, "James Comey better hope that there are no `tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Spicer said the tweet was "not a threat" warning Comey not to talk to the press.

But Spicer insists that, "the tweet speaks for itself."

Trump suddenly fired Comey on Tuesday. The FBI is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign and aides.

Trump has dismissed those allegations as a "hoax."


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