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Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference at Chequers on July 13, 2018. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Speaking at a joint press conference Friday, President Trump insisted that he did not criticize British Prime Minister Theresa May in his interview with The Sun and accused the British tabloid of being "fake news," despite the interview being on tape.

"“I didn’t criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister... And I said tremendous things... they didn't put it in the headline, I wish they put that in the headline. And she's a total professional, because when I saw her this morning, I said, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.' She said, 'Don't worry, it's only the press.'"
— President Trump

Between the lines... The bullet points the Sun published from their interview:

  • "Accused EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrants"
  • "Tore into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terrorists"
  • "Blamed Khan for spiralling crime in the capital"
  • "Insisted former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister”.
  • "Denied once branding Theresa May a 'bossy schoolteacher'”
  • "Maintained he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisonings"
  • "Demanded Britain and other Nato countries spend more on defence"
  • "Spoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protesters"
  • "Claimed millions of Brits backed his policies"
  • "Told of his pride at taking wife Melania to meet the Queen"

Go deeper: Listen to audio from his interview at The Sun

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Trump political team disavows "Patriot Party" groups

Marine One carries President Trump away from the White House on Inauguration Day. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Donald Trump's still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent "Patriot Party" on Monday.

Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him at the helm. But others have formed their own "Patriot Party" entities during the past week, and Trump's team wants to make clear it has nothing to do with them.

DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Donald and Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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