Donald J. Trump at a campaign event on Monday. A spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Wednesday that there were no plans to meet with Mr. Trump in the near future. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times
Washington Post: Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says
MOSCOW — Russian government officials had contacts with members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday, in a disclosure that could reopen scrutiny over the Kremlin’s role in the president-elect’s bitter race against Hillary Clinton.
Facing questions about his ties to Moscow because of statements interpreted as lauding Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump repeatedly denied having any contact with the Russian government.
After the latest statement by the Russian diplomat, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied that there were interactions between Russia and the Trump team before Tuesday’s election.
“The campaign had no contact with Russian officials,” she said in an email.
But Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that “there were contacts” with the Trump team.
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WNU Editor: The Russian Foreign Ministry is back-tracking on this story .... saying that these meetings were limited to confirming or clarifying news stories. Still .... I would like to know who in the Trump team were meeting these officials.
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