"This is absurd", Sanders said.
In a statement posted Friday night on Twitter by NBC News' Geoff Bennett, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the Times story "absurd", arguing that Trump "has actually been tough on Russian Federation".
Trump went on to insist he has been "FAR tougher on Russia" than his last three White House predecessors-"maybe tougher than any other president".
The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate if Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or if he had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow, according to the report.
Trump and his allies have repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and questioning the political motivations of his investigators.
Meghan is ‘well liked’ by staff and they admire her ‘drive’
Meghan will continue in her role as joint-patron for The Royal Foundation, which was set up by Princes William and Harry. Buckingham Palace said that "patronages generally reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved".
The counterintelligence part sought to establish whether Mr Trump was knowingly aiding the Kremlin against America's interests, or "had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence".
In a letter Trump planned to send Comey after his sacking he mentioned the Russian Federation investigation, and in an interview with NBC News days after Comey's firing he said he had sacked Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing".
In an interview with The Hill published Friday, Giuliani expressed his disdain with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his worry that the report might reflect badly on his client, President Donald Trump.
President Trump said he was unaware of Mr. Whitaker's past statements about Mr. Mueller's probe and that he would "not get involved" if Mr. Whitaker moved to curtail it.
The inquiry took two modes: agents weighed if the president's decision to fire Comey could be considered a threat to national security, and if the firing had a criminal aspect, constituting obstruction of justice.
Paul Merson states his prediction for West Ham v Arsenal
Teams will be with us any minute now, at which point we can start to suss out how this match may go. Emery was reluctant to play Laurent Koscielny but injuries across the team have forced his hand.
The inquiry is part of Mueller's broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them.
The Times and CNN reports both cite unnamed sources.
Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, thinks the President's legal team should have the opportunity to "correct" the document...
Donald Trump's legal team has told special counsel Robert Mueller the U.S. president will not answer any more questions in the probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17.
Juventus 'to rival Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi'
He has a very great future here, in England, with the national team and with Chelsea ". I can say only my opinion, I don't know the decision of the club.