Trump has adamantly and repeatedly denied ever personally having contact with Russian officials during the campaign. He lied…again.
The Trump administration has sworn up and down that no one from their campaign ever had contact with Russian officials. We know now that is not true.
So far, we are up to 10 members of Trump’s inner circle who met with Russian officials during the campaign.
And now we can add another to the list….Donald Trump, himself.
It turns out that Trump had contact with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. On April 27, 2016 Trump had contact with Kislyak shortly before he gave a major foreign policy speech.
Trump’s speech called for a better relationship with Russia.
“I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia — from a position of strength only — is possible, absolutely possible,” Trump said. “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”
Trump’s speech that day was invite only. And one of those invitations went to the Russian ambassador. In fact, he sat in the front row.
On May 13, the Wall Street Journal reported the pre-speech meeting.
“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.”
When this story came out last year it got very little attention. But now that the press is finally digging into this Russia connection seriously, the story resurfaced.
Now here’s the thing. Whatever excuse Trump comes up with to explain this meeting with Kislyak, the fact is, he lied about it for nearly a year. The other 12 members of Trump’s team who met with the Russians also lied.
If there’s nothing to hide, why all the lying? The cover-up makes every nefarious thing they likely did even worse.
Where there’s smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke…there’s sure to be fire.
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