The Donald Trump-transition-team has confirmed that its incoming national security adviser was in contact with Russia’s Ambassador denies, but reports that the plot about the recently imposed sanctions against Moscow.
A transition team official to confirm a call on Dec. 29, the day President Obama meets Russia for the election-related hacking but said it was talking about the “logistics” for a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump, who is sworn in on Friday as President.
“That was it. Plain and simple,” the official told reporters at the team of the daily telephone conference.
The official said retired army Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security Advisor, written Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. He said Kislyak, in a text that sought, and was granted, a phone call in late December about the “logistics of the facility, conversation with the presidents of Russia and the President-elect.”
Flynn ‘ s contacts with the Russian Ambassador were first reported by the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.
“I believe that Ignatius printing to update, now he’s to clarify the information provided,” the transition official said.
It is not unusual for incoming administrations, discussions with foreign governments before taking office. But repeated exposure just like Obama imposed sanctions raised the question of whether Trump discussed the team-or even — Russia ‘ s role in shaping a response.
Reuters reported that Flynn and Kislyak spoke several times on Dec. 29.
Putin fought back, unexpectedly, to move against the United States, a decision Trump praised quickly.
Wider, Flynn’s contact with the Russian Ambassador proposes that the next government has already begun the course for the promised closer relations with Moscow.
This effort seems to be in motion, even if many in Washington, including the Republicans, indignant at the intelligence of the officials assessment that Putin launched the trump card, a hacking-to use the process to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections.
In an interview on Friday evening by The Wall Street Journal, Trump the sanctions, said he could do away with Obama, if Russia cooperates with the USA on fighting terrorists and the achievement of other objectives.
“If Russia really help us, why someone would the sanctions?”, he asked.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump stressed his warmer relationship with the Russian leader.
“If Putin, Donald Trump like, I think that’s an asset, not a liability, because we have a terrible relationship with Russia,” he said.
The sanctions targeted the GRU and FSB, the leading Russian intelligence services that the U.S. said were involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other groups. The US also stepped out of 35 Russian diplomats, he said, were actually secret agents.
Trump is ready to put in important foreign policy issues during the transition, at times, in opposition to the current government and diplomatic Protocol.
He took a call from Taiwan’s President, without the long-standing “one-China policy” that does not recognize the island’s sovereignty. Asked on Friday by the magazine,” he replied, “Everything is still under negotiation.”
He also publicly called for the US to veto a un security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, then the Obama administration for the abstention hit and passed the measure.
Questions about Trump, the friendly attitude towards Russia is deepening has, since the election, as he dismissed the US intelligence services’ claims about the role of Russia in the Hacker-Democratic groups. In the briefing Trump on their findings, the intelligence officers, the President-elect, with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had accumulated compromises with the personal and financial accusations about him, to discuss a special U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed publicly in the matter.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, announced late on Friday that it will investigate possible contacts between Russia and the people in connection with the US-American political campaigns as part of a wider investigation in Moscow of meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
Trump acknowledged, for the first time this week that he accepted that Russia was behind the hacking. But he wondered whether the officials were leaking information about their encounters with him, the warning that a “huge stain” on his record.
Flynn’s own relations with Russia concerned some Republicans, who are more likely to be seems to be skeptical of the Kremlin as a trump card. After leaving his position as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency of the year 2014, Flynn appearances on RT, a Russian state-owned TV station. In 2015, he was paid on a RT-gala in Moscow, where he was sitting next to Putin.
As the national security Advisor, Flynn, in ” the West Wing near the Oval Office and have to Outdo frequent access to. In contrast to Trump, the candidates, the Pentagon, State Department and other national security authorities, Flynn ‘ s post does not require Senate confirmation.
Flynn ‘ s contacts with the Russian Ambassador were first reported by the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. The U.S. officials, who spoke with The Associated Press, was not confirm entitled to, to the contacts publicly and insisted on anonymity.
The trump team report by Flynn, the contacts with the Russian envoy changed throughout the day Friday.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer initially said it was a phone call between Flynn and Kislyak in the Dec. 28, as well as a Christmas greeting via SMS over the holidays. He said the sanctions were part of the discussions.
Later Friday, the transition officer Flynn and Kislyak said, had spoken by phone on Dec. 29, according to a text message from the Ambassador the day before. During the conversation, the Russian Ambassador to the US officials invited to a conference on Syria will take place later this month in Kazakhstan, according to the transition official who was not authorized to publicly discuss it, and insisted on anonymity.
The official also confirmed a telephone conversation between the men in December at the earliest.
The U.S. officials, spoke with the AP on Friday that contacts between Flynn and Kislyak as “very often.”
It is unclear how U.S. officials with knowledge of the contacts between Flynn and Kislyak has served as Russia’s envoy in the United States since 2008. U.S. monitoring of Russian officials, the communication within the United States is well-known, widely used.
Flynn has spoken with other foreign officials since Trump of November won the election, incoming White house senior adviser Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Condition
Department spokesman Mark Toner said he saw nothing inappropriate in Trump’s transition team contact with Russian or other foreign officials.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.