Donald Trump has reacted to Michael Cohen’s testimony by claiming that Cohen lied about almost everything during yesterday’s congressional hearing – but told the truth by saying he had no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia, writes my colleague Jon Swaine:

Speaking in Vietnam after meeting the North Korean leader Kim Jong un, Trump said Cohen, his former legal fixer, lied “95% instead of 100%” of the time during a hearing of the House oversight committee on Wednesday. “I was impressed,” said Trump.

Trump falsely claimed several times that Cohen had testified that there had been “no collusion”. In fact, Cohen said he did not know any “direct evidence” of collusion. “But I have my suspicions,” he told members of congress.

Related: Trump says Cohen lied ‘95% instead of 100%’ in testimony to Congress

Trump’s explanation-free statement that he believed Kim Jong-Un when the North Korean dictator said he “didn’t know about” the imprisonment and torture of Otto Warmbier has baffled many – at both ends of the political spectrum.

Adam Schiff, California Democrat, is among those to point out that Trump’s acceptance of foreign dictator’s claims – sometimes over the intelligence of his own government – is nothing new.

Walking away from the summit was better than making a bad deal. It’s also the result of a poorly planned strategy.

But accepting Kim’s denial of involvement in Warmbier’s death? Detestable, and harkens back to Trump’s duplicitous acceptances of denials from other dictators.

Imagine if Obama praised Kim Jong Un, defended him and took him at his word that he had nothing to do with the death of Otto Warmbier, and walked away from Hanoi with nothing. What would Republicans say? Just indulge this exercise for a moment. #HanoiSummit


p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>“This is reprehensible what he just did. He gave cover… to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier,” @RickSantorum says about Pres. Trump saying he believes Kim Jong Un’s claim he wasn’t aware of the American student’s condition

“I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.

Trump took Vladimir Putin at his word on Russian election interference.

He took MBS at his word over the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

And today in Hanoi he took Kim Jong Un at his word over the death of Otto Warmbier.

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