US President Donald Trump has hit back on reports of his alleged Russia connection after the New York Times published an investigative report yesterday that claimed that Trump’s associates including his campaign officials were in constant touch with the Russian intelligence officials, something that the Trump team denies vehemently. In a series of Tweets, Trump has lashed out at his usual suspects, fake news media, Hillary Clinton and the US intelligence community, while praising those who sound plausible to his ears.
The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!
5:10 PM – 15 Feb 2017
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.
5:38 PM – 15 Feb 2017
Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia
5:49 PM – 15 Feb 2017
Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View – “The NSA & FBI…should not interfere in our politics…and is” Very serious situation for USA
5:58 PM – 15 Feb 2017
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
6:12 PM – 15 Feb 2017
Everything that puts him in a negative hue is utter non-sense, a part of conspiracy theories to promote blind hatred. The real issue, according to Trump, is how the ‘classified information’ is being revealed by the intelligence community, that he terms illegal.
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!
6:43 PM – 15 Feb 2017
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who worked for pro Russian leaders in Ukraine, too has termed the Times report as absurd. Russia, too, as expected has denied the claims made in the Times report.
The Times report is based on versions for former and serving US officials and refutes the Trump team claims that there were no direct contact between the Donald Trump camp and the Russian intelligence officials. The American intelligence has submitted reports that Russian indeed tried to help the Donald Trump campaign in the US Presidential polls but no one was named and no evidence of Trump’s complicity was found.
Ever since the report got out, it has created a furore. Brian Fallon, press secretary of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, has termed it a ‘colossal scandal’. Her campaign manager Robby Mook has tweeted to ask ‘why the FBI sent a letter about Clinton but not about this?’ Renowned CBS news anchor Dan Rather has gone a step ahead and said that Trump’s Russian connection may be a bigger scandal than Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal.