Donald Trump told Russian diplomats firing "nut job" FBI director James Comey relieved "great pressure", reports The New York Times.
The paper said the comments came from the White House’s official written account of the Oval Office meeting.
One official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion, the paper said.
The report quotes Mr Trump calling ousted FBI director James Comey crazy and a real nut job.
It says the president then told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador that he faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.
Mr Trump met with the Russians on 10 May, the day after Mr Comey was fired.
(c) Sky News 2017: President Trump told Russians ‘firing nut job Comey relieved pressure’