Trump dodges media's questions after Mueller report release

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE on Thursday surprised reporters in Washington by failing to speak at length about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 BarrFeinstein calls on Justice to push for release of Trump whistleblower report Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Democrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint 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 TrumpClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy White House releases menu for Australian state dinner 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 ConwayGeorge Conway rips Trump: Ukraine allegations are 'over the top' Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' 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.”