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Trump calls Roger Stone's early-morning arrest 'a very sad thing for this country'

During an interview Thursday with The New York Times, President Trump didn't show any concern about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told his lawyers he's not a target.

Trump also said he never spoke to longtime friend and Republican operative Roger Stone about WikiLeaks publishing hacked Democratic emails during the election, or ordered anyone else to talk to him about it. Stone was indicted and arrested last Friday, charged with making false statements and witness tampering.

Trump called his friend "a character," and told the Times it bothered him that FBI agents arrested him at his Florida home at 6 a.m. "I think that was a very sad thing for this country," he said.