Trump denies report he ordered Mueller fired -- calling it 'fake news'
President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the press Jan. 18, 2018, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

U.S. President Donald Trump denied a report on Friday that he had ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired last June, calling it "fake news".

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump backed down from his order after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than follow his directive, citing four people told of the matter.

"Fake news, folks, fake news," Trump told reporters in Davos, when asked about the report.

(Reporting by Steve Holland)