U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said on Friday that he would "happily talk" about his 2003 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the president called for an investigation into their relationship.
Trump tweeted a photo of the Democratic senator from NY and Russian President Vladimir Putin laughing and holding donuts.
The photo called into question by the president is one of Putin and Schumer enjoying doughnuts while in NY for the opening of a Russian gas company's station. According to a press release dated September 27, 2003, the two presidents also talked about strengthening commercial and economic relations and cooperation "in the battle against HIV/AIDS".
"Would you & your team?" he asked.
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But Trump told reporters traveling with him he has "total" confidence in Sessions and he shouldn't recuse himself. American planes will soar the skies.
Clearly, Trump's reaching here, but he's still so bloody angry every time someone the media publishes anything about his administration and Russian Federation. Sessions was an early and ardent Trump supporter, and chaired the campaign's national security advisory committee. On the invitation of President George W. Bush, Putin visited Camp David to discuss, among other topics, the Russian military cooperation in the USA -led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, also drew attention to Schumer on Friday, asking reporters: "Please explain to me how volunteers meeting at a conference where almost 80 ambassadors attended is a story". Obama and his supporters accused Russian Federation of sponsoring a series of hacks that released sensitive information in an alleged attempt to influence the US election. Trump aide Carter Page is now admitting that he met with the Russian ambassador, adding: "I will say I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland".
The picture was taken when Putin was in the United States to open the first NY gas station run by Russian company Lukoil.
"The Democrats are overplaying their hand", Trump said in the statement following the conference. Gen. Jeff Sessions' failure to tell Congress under oath about two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "A total hypocrite!" Trump tweeted. Amnesia or just hoping that no one would find out the truth, it seems clear that the Democrats are overreaching over their outrage over Russian Federation.