"Does President Trump have audio recordings of his conversations and meetings with the former FBI Director James Comey?" a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at Monday's briefing, after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's briefing show-and-tell on Trump's apprenticeship program.
The Secret Service said it doesn't have and recordings or transcripts made from the White House since Trump took over, but also doesn't rule out that other recordings exit. Comey told Congress last week that Trump urged him to drop a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Since posting the provocative tweet last month, Trump and his White House aides have been coy as to whether such recordings exist.
The Secret Service has previously been responsible for all recording systems within the White House, including the one that led to Richard Nixon's downfall during the Watergate scandal.
The Journal report doesn't necessarily mean there are no tapes of recorded White House conversations - just that the Secret Service doesn't have them.
The first reporter asked Spicer if the tapes exist and when they may be released. He added, "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry". Bloomberg's Toluse Olorunnipa recently noted that Trump has often made and missed deadlines as a way of delaying or avoiding answering tough questions.
"But I think he laid out his position very clearly, very concisely on Friday", Spicer concluded.
The agency said a review of its main indices found no records related to the request.
The White House said Sunday the two leaders had not discussed the topic.
Mr. Spicer said the president wasn't delaying addressing the issue.