>> It's a quiet period in the US Capitol, with Congress on Christmas break and President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. But the Russia probe still hangs in the air, with recent efforts by some Republicans to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller. And amid rumors Trump might fire Mueller by the end of the year.
But in a New York Times interview, Trump said he believes he will be treated fairly by Mueller and did not demand an end to the Russia investigation. The Times also reports that Trump insisted 16 times that there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians during the 2016 election.
And that the probe makes the US look very bad. Adding he hoped it would be wrapped up soon. During the interview which took place at Trump's West Palm Beach Golf Club. The President also tried to distance himself from former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Indicted by Mueller's office in October by saying Manafort had only worked for Trump for a few months.
And if the end of the year comes with predictions, Trump made a big one by saying he'd be elected to a second term in 2020. Telling the Times that media outlets ratings will tank without him. And that, quote, the failing New York Times would become the failed New York Times.