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News Thursday, Feb 16 2017

Five Ways Donald Trump’s Russia Scandal Got Worse Following His Press Conference

Feb 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s press conference was a disaster on many levels and did nothing to stabilize a White House reeling from public defeats and resignations, and mired in a growing scandal that threatens national security.

1: Trump lied about his campaign staff talking with Russian interests during the election, as Russia was stealing documents to aid his campaign.

Trump: “Nobody that I know of” from his campaign was in contact with Russia.

Fact: New York Times: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence & CNN: Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign

2: Trump lied about the accuracy of the news reports on his Administration’s ties to Russia and potentially illegal act that forced the resignation of his National Security Advisor.

Trump: “The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake

Fact: The news about Trump’s conflicts with Russia can’t be fake if the leaks are real.

3: Trump lied about his own connections to Russian interests.

Trump: “I can tell you for myself, I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

Fact: CNN: “These are Trump’s ties to Russia” & USA Today: “Donald Trump’s ties to Russia go back 30 years

4: Trump said he would have directed Michael Flynn to speak with Russia about lifting sanctions before Trump took office, a potentially illegal action.

Trump: “What [Flynn] did wasn’t wrong” and  “I would have directed him” to do it.

5: Trump would not answer if he would respond to Russian acts of aggression – here, here and here.  

Question: “Can we conclude there will be no response to these provocations?”

Trump: “I don’t have to tell you.”

Published: Feb 16, 2017

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