According to a recent report from The Washington Post, a low-level campaign adviser in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign made repeated attempts to forge a meeting between Trump and his officials and the Russian government. In one email George Papadopoulos sent to campaign policy director Sam Clovis, the subject line read: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.”
But according to The Post report, the multiple requests from Papadopoulos were rebuffed by several key Trump officials. These denials seem to counter the allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government before the election.
When Papadopoulos suggested “a meeting between the Russian leadership and us to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” Sam Clovis opposed the idea. He wrote, “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies,” Clovis responded, according to The Post.
Chuck Kubric, a retired rear admiral who advised the campaign also cautioned, “Just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign,” he wrote.
Papadopoulos continued in his efforts to align Trump with Russia by emailing Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager. Papadopoulos told him that he had received “a lot of calls over the past month” regarding a Russia meeting. He said, “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” he wrote, according to The Post. Lewandowski did not respond to Papadopoulos.
When Papadopoulos persisted, Clovis responded to him saying, “There are legal issues we need to mitigate, meeting with foreign officials as a private citizen.” Papadopoulos then went straight to Manafort several weeks later.
“Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos wrote. Manafort forwarded the message to his partner Rick Gates and wrote, “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.” Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni says that his response to Papadopoulos is “concrete evidence that the Russia collusion narrative is fake news.”
“Mr. Manafort’s swift action reflects the attitude of the campaign — any invitation by Russia, directly or indirectly, would be rejected outright,” Maloni added.
Do you see this new information as “concrete evidence” that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia?
Credit: Washington Post