Donald Trump was asked point blank if he had any contact with Russia during the campaign, and the president-elect refused to answer the question.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President-elect, can you stand here today, once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign. And if you do indeed believe that Russia was behind the hacking, what is your message to Vladimir Putin right now?
TRUMP: He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading than when other people have led it. You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe that he will be doing it more now.
We have to work something out, but it’s not just Russia. Take a look at what’s happened. You don’t report it the same way; 22 million accounts were hacked in this country by China. And that’s because we have no defense. That’s because we’re run by people that don’t know what they’re doing.TRUMP: Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I’m leading it and I believe and I hope — maybe it won’t happen, it’s possible. But I won’t be giving (ph) a little reset button like Hillary. Here, press this piece of plastic. A guy looked at her like what is she doing? There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we’re not. I hope we get along, but if we don’t, that’s possible too.
But Russia and other countries — and other countries, including China, which has taken total advantage of us economically, totally advantage of us in the South China Sea by building their massive fortress, total. Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, all countries will respect us far more, far more than they do under past administrations.
As you can see from the transcript above, president-elect Trump never answered the question related to whether anyone from his campaign had contact with Russia during the election. By dodging the question, Trump is only adding fuel to the fire.
Of course, Russia is going to be nice to Trump. He is the stooge candidate that Putin wanted to win.
Trump did nothing to quiet the questions about his potential connections to Russia, and whether or not his campaign conspired with Putin to influence the election.
If the Trump campaign is found to have worked with a hostile foreign actor to capture the White House, Congress will be facing immediate pressure to begin the process of impeaching the President Of The United States.
Trump did a lot of screaming “fake news” during his press conference, but the one thing he didn’t do was deny that his campaign was in communication with the Russian government during the election.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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