In a recent interview with MSNBC’s commentator Chris Matthews, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page gave a shocking explanation to why the campaign’s ties with Russia have been shrouded in a veil of secrecy.
Why Hiding and Not Bragging?
Matthews started grilling Page with a remark that the Trump campaign and Trump himself have been issuing contradictory statements on the issue. The Hardball host could not understand why the communications with the Russians were kept a secret if the said interactions were some kind of rapprochement between the two nations.
Why wouldn’t you brag about it instead of hiding […],?
Matthews asked Page.
In the term ‘hiding,’ the MSNBC host included Trump’s associates’ repeated attempts to fend off questions about the meetings and phone conversations they had had with Russian officials on the campaign trail and during the transition period. The most used methods to dodge scrutiny were citing the 5th Amendment, seeking immunity, or shielding oneself with the executive privilege, Matthews noted.
Russia Has Been Lied To
In response, Page, who is at the center of an FBI probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, defended Russia. He believes that “the Russians have been lied to” about expanding NATO.
— Hardball (@hardball) June 5, 2017
The former Trump adviser on foreign policy pointed out that when the Cold War ended, the West reassured Russia that they were not going to expand NATO. However, that promise was “verbal,” not legal, Page underlined.
His eyebrow-raising comments come in the midst of a recent effort to expand the military alliance, with Montenegro morphing into its 29th member, a move that irked Russia. So, Page’s defense of Moscow by quoting a 30-year-old ‘verbal’ agreement is a poor excuse to justify the secret interactions with Russian officials.
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