Democrats Forget All The Times They Have Met With Russian Ambassador

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is probably not America's best friend

Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen as President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

However, given Mr Trump's pro-Russian stance at a time of tensions between Russia and the United States over Vladimir Putin's strong-arming the Crimea and thumbing his nose at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the meetings were a bad look.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a Trump surrogate during the race, has been accused of not disclosing his meetings with Kislyak previous year.

Amid suggestions that Trump met Sergey Kislyak on April 27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, the White House said it had "no recollection" who Trump shook hands with during a brief reception. Forty-six percent of voters said it was either very likely or somewhat likely that a wall on the Mexico border will be accomplished during the next year, with 44 percent saying it was either not too likely or not likely at all. State media in recent weeks has switched from detailed coverage of Trump to largely ignoring the USA turmoil around his perceived ties to Russian Federation.

He also called for better relations with Moscow: "I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russian Federation, from a position of strength, is possible. Common sense says this cycle of hostility must end", Trump said at the event.

Mr Kislyak told Politico after the speech that the billionaire NY property tycoon "made some intriguing points, but we need to understand what is meant in the implementation".

But the meeting is at odds with White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' claim last week that Trump had "no interaction" with Russian government officials during the campaign.

President Trump's Twitter rants are rather like magical pixie dust - they obscure real controversies, like possible links between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, and change the conversation.

It's so important. Russian Federation is a ruse. After these stories were reported, he tweeted on January 11, "I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!" - but he did. If we can't make a deal under my administration, a deal that's great - not good, great - for America, but also good for Russian Federation, then we will quickly walk from the table. "Don't speak to people from Russian Federation". Not that I wouldn't.

"I do not think there's something going on, I think it's just a waste of time and money, no investigations needed".

"I spoke to Putin twice".

"A very reliable source told me that the Russians did it, through a proxy and - this is the important part - that the National Security Agency had hacked the Russians while the Russians were hacking Hillary (Clinton)", Crudele wrote in a piece published by the Post Monday. "I don't remember that, but I probably got 1,000 emails a day at that time, and I can't remember every single one that I was sent". In a CNN town hall last week, Senator Lindsey Graham said that "if there is something there" in terms of criminal charges, "then for sure you need a special prosecutor".