White House says 'no recollection' of Trump-Russian ambassador meeting

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem senator: Sessions could have been "message boy" between Trump and Russians Senate panel to probe Trump's wiretap claim Five takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails MORE (D-R.I.) says he can envision a scenario where Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsDem senator: Sessions could have been "message boy" between Trump and Russians Poll: Over half want Russia special prosecutor Marijuana sellers face uncertainty under Trump MORE passed messages between President Trump and Russia during the campaign.

US President Donald Trump is applauded while delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington February 28, 2017.

The federal government has launched multiple investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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.

In the speech, Trump said an "easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia" is possible.

The article, published on May 13 past year, reported that Mr Trump "warmly greeted Mr Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception". "To state they met or that a meeting took place is disingenuous and absurd".

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The fact that Mr. Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak does not particularly send me into orbit.

"The big point here is the president himself knows what his involvement was, and that's zero", Huckabee Sanders said on March 3. 'And I think that he's the primary person that should be held responsible, and he had no interaction, and I think that's what the story should be focused on'.

The encounter between Trump and Kislyak is in keeping with routine work by foreign diplomats who often seek contact with presidential campaigns of both parties during election season in order to report back analysis of potential impact to their governments.

Trump has been trailed for months by questions about his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Sessions called a conference where he discussed the events of the past few days and closed by saying that he would recuse himself from investigations regarding Russian Federation.

Since the beginning of Trump's term, these allegations have been widespread, ranging from allegations of hacked elections to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn being forced to step down because of his contact with Russian officials. Analysts from various news outlets have claimed that this seemed to be President Trump's way of coping with the new Russian allegations and trying to take Americans' minds off of what they're seeing involving Russia. "In the meantime, I will do everything in my power to reasonably ensure that all information concerning my activities related to Russian Federation past year is preserved". And Trumps emotional denial of Russian Federation links as “fake news” only made him look guilty in the eyes of critics.

  • Alfonso Moody