Trump Administration Can’t Stop Lying About Russia

 

 

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Matt Monroe
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Donald Trump is a pathological liar. From when he first ascended the escalator of Trump Tower to announce his campaign for president, to now, two months into his presidency, Trump has consistently and blatantly lied to the American people nearly anytime he’s opened his mouth.

One thing Trump and his administration staff have consistently lied about is Russia. For example, at a press conference in Florida in July, Trump stated that he has never met Russian president Vladimir Putin and in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, also said he doesn’t have a relationship with Putin.

Multiple interviews Trump did going back to 2013 contradict these statements though, as when asked by Thomas Roberts of MSNBC in November 2013 if he had a relationship with Putin in, Trump flat out said, “I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.”

Along with denying his relationship with Putin, Trump also said that he had no contact with Russian officials as a presidential candidate. This was proven false by AMERICABlog News, who recently picked up on a report by the Wall Street Journal done in May last year, which said that Trump personally met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak.

Speaking of Russian officials, while Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders said on Feb. 20 that the Trump campaign had “no contacts” with Russia, over the course of the election and the transition period, Russian officials met with at least four of Trump’s campaign officials.

These include Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who lied under oath about his contacts with Russia as a campaign official), former National Security adviser Michael Flynn (who was fired by President Trump after caught lying), former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and former national security policy aide J.D. Gordon.

And that’s just people who met with Mr. Kislyak, as the rabbit hole goes deeper once again with Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who both had constant contact with Russian nationals according to U.S. intelligence.

Look, I could go deeper and deeper into the Trump administration’s ties with Russia, as there’s a lot of them; however, what I’ve told you so far should alert you, even if you voted for Trump.

There’s nothing wrong with presidential candidates speaking with foreign officials, as that’s to be expected throughout the course of the campaign. The problem here is that Trump and his campaign and administration staff lied to the American people about these contacts with Russia.

All of this has to make you ask, ‘What are you hiding, Mr. Trump?’

mmmonroe@lc.edu