Trump: Russian Connection 'Non-Sense' is Attempt to Cover Mistakes in Clinton Campaign
US President Donald Trump has dismissed media reports on alleged communications between his aides and Russian intelligence as “nonsense” meant to cover up the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the election.
“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also reiterated his criticism of alleged informants in the US intelligence community who leaked classified information to the media.
He also praised Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake for his views on the intelligence community’s role in current US politics, apparently referring to his piece on the resignation of Michael Flynn. In the column, Lake said “in normal times,” intelligence leaks to the media on intercepted communications of top US officials “would alarm those worried about creeping authoritarianism.”
The remarks came after the New York Times and CNN ran a story based on anonymous sources, which claimed that several associates of Trump had regular contacts with officers of the Russian intelligence and other Russian officials during his election campaign.
The Kremlin described the story as “laughable” and lacking verifiable facts.
“Those reports are not based on concrete facts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, noting that “there are five different sources in the story and none is named. So you see, really laughable stories are now given a go.”