Trump and His Administration Clash Over Russia 🇷🇺

Trump and His Administration Clash Over Russia 🇷🇺

On Thursday, we once again witnessed the two parallel Trump administrations at work — administration officials saying one thing, and President Trump saying something entirely else. The topic: Russia’s interference in America’s elections.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at yesterday’s assembled White House briefing: “We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States. These efforts are not exclusive to this election, but certainly cover issues relevant to the election.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray: “Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs.”

Coats again: “Our focus here today is simply to tell the American people we acknowledge the threat, it is real, it is continuing, and we’re doing everything we can to have a legitimate election that the American people can have trust in.”

But if the threat of more Russian interference is real, continuing and serious, well, the president of the United States had a different message when he was campaigning last night in Pennsylvania. "In Helsinki, I had a great meeting with [Vladimir] Putin," he said. "We discussed everything — I had a great meeting. We got along really well. By the way, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. That's a really good thing. Now we're being hindered by the Russian hoax. It's a hoax, OK? I'll tell you what, Russia's very unhappy that Trump won, that I can tell you."

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