Trump’s tweet about Russia probe was an opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was expressing an opinion and not issuing an order when he tweeted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end the Russia election investigation immediately.

Trump’s tweet raised questions about whether he would try to bring special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to a premature conclusion.

The president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said negotiations to have Trump sit down for questions from the special counsel are continuing.

Trump has raged privately in recent days that both the forces of government and the media are trying to undermine him. That’s according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak about private conversations.