President Trump just got caught in a bald-faced lie about coordinating with Russian officials during his presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump, who has previously said he had never met with the Russians and in no way coordinated with the Russian government during his campaign for president, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in April of 2016, contradicting those earlier claims.
A recent post on AMERICAblog recalls that even conservative site Newsmax published an article about the meeting, which took place around the same time that Trump said “an easing of tensions” between Russia and the U.S. was “absolutely possible.”
President Trump “met with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, at a VIP reception along with three other foreign ambassadors,” according to the Newsmax article. The Wall Street Journal had a similar article describing the meeting as well.
Trump and his surrogates have repeatedly denied meeting with agents of the Russian government during the presidential campaign, when in fact several members of his administration did meet with Russians during that time.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have committed perjury when he told a Senate committee during his confirmation hearings that he hadn’t met with Russians during the campaign, when in fact he also had met with Kislyak. And Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned from his position after it was revealed he had discussions with Russians about removing economic sanctions before Trump had assumed the presidency.
The latest revelation, involving Trump himself, may be the most damning. As mentioned at AMERICAblog, Trump and his spokespeople have repeatedly denied that the president has made contact with Russia, including one instance where Trump said himself, “Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia.”
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.