Protesters roll out mobile billboard against Trump, Putin in Newport News

United States intelligence agencies believe that Putin directed an effort to doctor last year's U.S. presidential election and help Trump to win. His initial tweet included the misspelled word "hearby", but that tweet was later replaced.

Trump also slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a photo on Twitter claiming she lied about meeting the Russian ambassador.

Then Friday morning, Trump's director of social media, Dan Scavino Jr, tweeted an old picture of Schumer smiling and drinking coffee with Putin.

That tweet was also deleted. "A total hypocrite!" Trump wrote. The image was posted to r/The_Donald, the popular and active pro-Trump subreddit.

And, in a blockbuster disclosure late yesterday (March 1), it turned out that attorney general Jeff Sessions met with Kislyak as well, seemingly contradicting his testimony under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings, in which he said he had had no contact with Russian officials before or after the election.

Trump's tweet about Pelosi was paired with a Politico story calling her out for having said she'd never met Kislyak - a denial controverted by a photo of the two at a group meeting in 2010.

In a tweet on January 30, Trump said that "big problems at airports" were caused partially by "the tears of Senator Schumer". Trump did not say where the photo came from, but Schumer quickly pointed out that it was taken in 2003 when Putin ventured to NY to celebrate the opening of a Russian-owned Lukoil gas station on Manhattan's west side. He has vigorously denied being aware of any contacts his associates had with Russian Federation during the campaign and has also insisted he has no financial ties to Russian Federation.

He was apparently jonesing for vengeance after Schumer called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation over his meetings with the Russian ambassador and those possible lies under oath, too.

Sessions has since recused himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but said that he did not tell the Senate Judiciary committee about the meeting since it took place in his capacity as a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Schumer has been one of Trump's chief and most constant antagonists in Congress on this point, raising concerns about the Russian Federation connections of several of Trump's administration officials and campaign surrogates. His former national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned last month after it was revealed that he discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador in the month before Trump took office.

  • Salvatore Jensen