Trump dodges media's questions after Mueller report release

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE on Thursday surprised reporters in Washington by failing to speak at length about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report, a document he has framed as a clear vindication.

One day before the report’s release, Trump teased the possibility of staging his own press conference about the Russia probe after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE’s, telling WMAL Radio “maybe I'll do one after that. We'll see.”

But Trump did not stage a formal news conference, nor did he come over to address a massive scrum of reporters gathered on the South Lawn to witness his departure on Marine One en route to Palm Beach, Fla., as he often does.

Instead, he walked alongside first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Poll: Michelle Obama most admired woman in the world The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington MORE and waved to a group of staffers and guests before getting on the presidential helicopter.

He also did not speak to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base before boarding Air Force One for his Easter weekend getaway.

Many in Washington expected Trump to take an extended victory lap after the release of the Mueller report in an attempt to influence the wall-to-wall media coverage of its findings.

But a session with reporters could have forced him to answer pointed questions about some of his conduct during the probe, such as his attempt to fire Mueller as special counsel.

He left White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers MORE, other aides and his personal lawyers to answer those questions

The president did address the report's findings, but only briefly, saying at an event for wounded military service members that he was “having a good day” and reiterating his stance the report found “no collusion. No obstruction.”

Trump also celebrated on Twitter while targeting federal investigators and Democrats, posting a photo inspired by the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” showing him staring into a fog behind the statement: “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats—Game Over.”