The last few days has been filled with accusations and defenses from both political parties. The allegations about Obama wiretapping Trump is on a rise and the claims about Russia have been around for a while. However, recent information has made Russian allegations a bit more factual.
Although Donald Trump has time and time again said he had no contact with Russian officials while he was a candidate, recent information proves otherwise. Thanks to a small report by The Wall Street Journal, it has been made aware that Trump met with the Russian ambassador on April 27th, 2016 right before a major speech. A Wall Street Journalist captured the following information:
“A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.”
After the meeting with foreign officials, Trump used the speech to address warmer relationships with Russia which seemed to please Russia. The following is a portion of his speech calling for peaceful relations:
“I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength only – is possible, absolutely possible. Some say Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”
Along with President Trump’s claims that he had no contact with Russian officials, his spokesperson Sarah Sanders also said the entire Trump campaign had “no contacts” with Russia. However, it’s also been found that at least four members of the campaign have talked with Russian officials.
Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and J.D. Gordon have all talked to foreign officials according to Think Progress. Sessions has become the most well-known after he recused himself from any investigation of the Trump campaigns contact with Russian officials.
Credit: Think Progress