Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) just issued a direct challenge to President Trump.
On Friday afternoon, President Trump tweeted a 2003 picture of Sen. Schumer eating doughnuts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the top Senate Democrat a “total hypocrite” for demanding Trump’s ties to Russia be investigated. Trump called for Schemer’s potential connections with Putin and Russia to be investigated, and did it without an ounce of sarcasm:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
On his official Twitter account, Sen. Schumer responded, telling Trump that his brief meeting with Putin was done in full view of the press and the public, and asked the president if he was willing to be as public about his relationship with Putin with the American people. As an aside, he also tweeted that the doughnuts he and Putin were eating were from Krispy Kreme.
And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017
It’s unlikely Trump will accept Schumer’s challenge, given his aversion to transparency about his conversations with the Russian leader. Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, he took a congratulatory call from Putin, where the two leaders discussed national security issues. However, no transcript of the call is available, as Trump allegedly shut off the Oval Office’s recording equipment prior to the call, according to American Foreign Policy Council Vice President Ilan Berman:
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) February 1, 2017
The Trump administration is under fire this week after the news emerged of Attorney General Jeff Sessions failing to disclose two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings. Sessions has since agreed to recuse himself from any and all investigations of the Trump campaign’s contact with Russian government officials during the election.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.