Politics

Trump Tweets About Russian Election Interference

| by Kathryn Schroeder

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on May 30 to comment on Russia and its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

"Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News," he tweeted.

The media has continually reported on contact between Russia and associates of Trump, which includes his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a trusted adviser of the president, The Washington Post reports.

Last week, a story broke that Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed possibly setting up a secret and secure communications channel with Trump's transition team and the Kremlin. They would have allegedly used Russian diplomatic facilities in order to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from being monitored.

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A source close to the situation told Fox News that Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak discussed Syria and former President Barack Obama's administration's policy on the country. The idea of using a secure line for the Trump administration and the Kremlin to communicate was suggested by Russia during the meeting, not Kushner, the source said.

An ongoing, permanent back-channel for communications was never discussed, only a one-time call, the source added.

Trump shared the Fox News story on Twitter with his followers.

Kushner is reportedly eager to discuss with Congress and anyone else who is interested what took place during the meeting.

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There have been many leaks of information occurring at the White House, which has actually upset Russia, The Washington Post reports. Deputy Foreign Minister for Russia Sergei Ryabkov said the leaks undermine cooperation between the two countries and that the Kremlin is now only conducting basic level exchanges with the Trump administration because the government is concerned the information could be end up in the hands of the media.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow," Ryabkov told Russian journalists. "Maybe you’ll see what you discussed with your counterpart on the pages of Washington Post or on CNN.”

There are currently five investigations occurring into the Trump campaign possibly having ties to Russia, according to The Washington Post. A criminal investigation by the Justice Department is being led by a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to determine if anything illegal occurred. The four other investigations, led by congressional committees including the Senate Intelligence, Senate Judiciary, House Intelligence, and House Oversight, are fact-finding based, looking at whether anything unethical occurred.

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (2), The Washington Post (2), Fox News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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