Donald Trump in tweets says Russia collusion claims 'fake news'

US President Donald Trump waves as he walks from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington, US on March 19, 2017.
US President Donald Trump waves as he walks from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington, US on March 19, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Donald Trump on Monday (March 20) shot down as "fake news" allegations that he worked with Russia, which US intelligence says tried to tilt the US election in Mr Trump's favour.

His tweet came just as FBI and NSA chiefs were to speak to Congress on what ties Mr Trump may have with Russia and his shocking claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Mr Barack Obama.

Former national intelligence director "James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!", Mr Trump said on Twitter.

"The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" he added.