Even Trump’s own UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said has broken with his remarks and says there’s a connection between the President’s election and Russia.
On ABC’s “The Week“, Haley said there was no doubt that Russia was involved in the 2016 election.
“I think Russia was involved in the election. There’s no question about that,” said Haley. “And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russia. They need to act.”
Said Haley: “We don’t want any country involved in our elections, ever. And so once that information comes out, I expect that that will be handled accordingly.”
The President continues to dismiss the allegations, however.
Haley’s comment comes a day after Trump called the White House-Russia connection a “total scam” pushed by “fake news media” in a tweet.
It is the same Fake News Media that said there is "no path to victory for Trump" that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017
That contrast between absolutely no question that Russia was involved and the President’s dismissal as ‘fake news’ comes as no shock to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
“I would tell people, whenever they see the president use the word ‘fake,’ it ought to set off alarm bells,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Schiff has been critical of the House Intelligence Committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes (R-CA) for being partial and not credible in the investigation into Trump’s Russia connection and preventing the investigation from discovering the truth.
The intelligence community has been investigating the connections with Russia for months and Haley’s statements reflect the general sentiment among the community that Russia had some involvement, potentially deep involvement, in the election’s outcome.
Haley commented that no one at the United Nations has brought the connection up with her, however, and that the White House has not prevented her from any hard line stances with Russia so far.
“There’s no love or anything going on with Russia right now,” said Haley.
She went on to say that since she’s been “beating up” on Russia, the President’s statements aren’t overly significant.