Trump dismisses Russian Federation controversy
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 23:28
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents "interviewed" national security adviser Michael Flynn about an ill-advised conversation between him and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the days following President Donald Trump's inauguration, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation carried out cyberattacks on Democratic Party officials created to undermine Hillary Clinton. "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation". Maybe there is nothing under those rocks, but it's hard to believe that all of those phone calls were about old "Apprentice" shows. Not that I wouldn't.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says it was a good thing Trump accepted Flynn's resignation, and Rainwater agrees. I spoke to [Russian president Vladimir] Putin twice. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess. "And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago".
During the 2016 campaign, the FBI commenced investigating Russian hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign chair order to tilt the election - including repeated contacts between Russian intelligence and people affiliated with Trump's campaign. "I don't recall that, but I can't be one hundred per cent certain.' That's when I think a lot of this evolved". "He said no. Now, he was replaced long before the election". The Trump administration doesn't have a problem with him undermining government policy.
Democrats demanded a special investigation Tuesday into possible links between President Donald Trump's administration and Russia, including when Trump learned that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed USA sanctions with a Russian diplomat. Yates was later fired for opposing Trump's temporary entry ban for people from seven mostly Muslim nations. Other Republicans, have called for an investigation into the leaks over the information related to Flynn, instead of into the former National Security Adviser himself.
A White House statement that the President was "evaluating the situation" conflicted with White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway telling reporters that Trump had "full confidence" in Flynn. He was incapable of doing his job. "He was calling countries". "So it certainly would have been okay with me if he did it".
He said that while he did not tell his adviser to discuss sanctions with the envoy, "I would have directed him if he didn't do it".
Flynn, too, was interfering with US foreign policy when he had no authority to do so - and when his pledges to Moscow were in direct conflict with the Obama administration's policy at the time.
And saying he resented picking up newspapers and turning on the television to hear reports that his White House was in chaos, Trump said, "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine". Does this date ring a bell?' Finally Flynn's like, 'I've got to be honest with you, maybe it did happen. "If anything he did something right".
"The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people", Mr Trump said.
Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said: "The fact that Donald Trump believes General Flynn was right to do what he did - undermining USA sanctions on Russia - is outrageous and part of a larger pattern of disturbing pro-Putin policies of Trump's, including undermining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and refusing to personally condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine". Was Flynn communicating with Russian Federation on Trump's behalf?
But on Thursday, Trump downplayed those setbacks. "You can talk all you want about Russian Federation, which was all a fake news fabricated deal to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats, and the press plays right into it", he said.
"I'm here again, to take my message straight to the people. The news is fake".
"This was an act of trust - whether or not he misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of Gen. Flynn", Spicer said.
Trump said he was not in touch with anyone.
"I didn't do anything for Russian Federation".
"We have made incredible progress".
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.