The Trump campaign has repeatedly denied communication with Russian officials during the 2016 elections and its transition to the White House. In fact, USA Today has counted at least 20 denials since last summer.
“I might have said hello to a few people as they were walking by me at my graduation — the graduation speech that I gave in July, but no meetings,” he added.
But on Thursday — the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from federal probes into Russia after reports revealed he met twice with the Russian ambassador in 2016 — Page told Chris Hayes of MSNBC that “I do not deny” meeting with the ambassador last summer in Cleveland, in an apparent contradiction.
“I will say I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland. Let’s just say that much,” he added.
Why it matters
Shortly after Sessions announced his recusal Thursday from any investigations into Russian interference, USA Today reportedthat two additional advisers to Trump’s campaign also spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year during the election season.