US President Donald Trump says he has been completely exonerated by a probe into allegations Russia conspired to help him win the 2016 election.
A four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report released on Sunday found the Trump campaign had not conspired with Russia.
However it was inconclusive on whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice.
Speaking at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, the President said “there was no collusion with Russia”.
“There was no obstruction… It was a complete and total exoneration,” Mr. Trump declared.
“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this; it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this,” he added.
The Russia allegations had cast a shadow over Mr. Trump’s presidency and his chances of re-election in 2020.
Opposition Democrats are demanding full access to Mr. Mueller’s report, which was summarised for Congress by Trump-appointed Attorney General William Barr.
The report was the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr. Mueller which saw some of the president’s closest former aides prosecuted and, in some cases, imprisoned, although not for collusion with Russia.