President Donald Trump says the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election “hurts our country terribly”.
He said the US was being made to look “divided, mixed up”, media reported. Earlier, he tweeted that the decision was “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”.
Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been selected to lead the inquiry.
“I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” Mr Trump told CNN and CNBC.
His reaction differed from Wednesday when he was quoted in a White House statement as saying: “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.” BBC