President Donald Trump has claimed that he has had no contact with Russian officials.
That’s a lie.
According to The Wall Street Journal, in a report published on April 27, 2016, Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The speech focused on warming relations with Russia.
It was quoted, “A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.”
Kislyak was seated in the front row at an invitation-only event.
At that time Trump promised, “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”
He’s doing so with the presidency, and then claiming that no one on his team—not even himself—has contacts with Russia.
Post election, his Russian contact was limited to talking twice to Vladimir Putin.
On February 20, Sarah Sanders declared that the Trump campaign had no contacts with Russia when four members of the Trump campaign — Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and J.D. Gordon — talked with Russian officials during the actual campaign.
Sessions, who has since become the Attorney General, falsely told the Judiciary Committee he had not met with any Russian officials when he had, in fact, done so.