Trump holds press conference amid impeachment inquiry

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto looks to one side as his host US President Donald Trump vents to journalists over a Democratic-led impeachment investigation

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto looks to one side as his host US President Donald Trump vents to journalists over a Democratic-led impeachment investigation

As U.S. President Donald Trump and his Finnish President Sauli Niinistö stood side-by-side during their joint press conference in the White House on Wednesday, one Finnish reporter asked the European leader whether his American counterpart had asked for any "favors" from him.

Following up on a story we kicked around this morning: "An Internal Revenue Service official has filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that he was told at least one Treasury Department political appointee attempted to improperly interfere with the annual audit of the president or vice president's tax returns, according to multiple people familiar with the document". The controversial call resulted in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launching an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week.

Trump was highly critical though of the whistleblower report alleging he used the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 USA election.

Earlier on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged that he was listening to the phone call with Ukraine's president after evading earlier questions about his knowledge of the conversation.

The Finnish tabloid Iltalehti said the Finnish leader wisely did not interfere with USA domestic politics and "Trump's nightmare".

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I think you mean the other way around, Trump quickly replied.

Trump and Finland's Sauli Niinisto also discussed U.S.

Trump is holding a news conference with Finland's president at 2:30 p.m. ET.

To some US observers, Niinisto looked uncomfortable at times during the press conference where Trump derided the USA media, among other things.

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