Rachel Maddow laid out a troubling pattern of behavior from the White House on Thursday, openly asking why the American people always seem to find out about each major meeting between Donald Trump and the Russians from Kremlin news sources.
“Why does this keep happening? “Maddow asked. “Why do we consistently have to get news about the behavior and the meetings and the conversations of the American president from the Russian government?”
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Maddow explained the troubling pattern of secrecy that surrounds each of Trump’s meetings with Russian officials:
Every day [the White House gives] us reams of information about who the president will be speaking with and who he will be meeting with and what the point is of his daily schedule. And we have White House briefings and advisors who you call and get data from, who let you know when something is about to happen. That’s all true about this White House, but none of that apparently applies when it comes to Trump talking to Russia. In that case, notification comes from Moscow. … Why does this keep happening? Why do we consistently have to get news about the behavior and the meetings and the conversations of the American president from the Russian government? It is very strange.
As Maddow said, it’s bizarre that the American people get bundles of information about the president’s schedule every day, but when it comes to contacts with Russia and Vladimir Putin, this White House goes radio silent.
Of course, when put into the context of the increasingly damning special counsel investigation into the president’s ties to Russia, it’s no surprise that this administration wants to limit the number of times that “Russia” and “Trump” appear together in the same sentence.
Unfortunately for the president, his refusal to be forthcoming about anything to do with Moscow only adds more questions to what he and his team are trying to hide when it comes to their secret ties to Russia.