Trump heaps Twitter praise on his own 'historically cooperative, disciplined approach' to Mueller probe
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Donald Trump blasted out a tweet out of nowhere praising his lawyer and his own restraint in dealing with the special counsel investigation.


Trump denied reports Thursday morning that he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller -- although he boasted that he would have had he wanted to do so -- and hours later followed up with a tweet lauding his approach to the investigation.

"I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!)," Trump tweeted. "I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process."

It's not clear what prompted the tweet, since all the major cable news networks were broadcasting confirmation hearings for Trump's pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.