A new Senate Intelligence Committee report detailed that Kremlin-directed operatives popped bottles of champagne when Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, according to Yahoo News.
One operative at the Saint Petersburg Internet Research Agency (IRA) stated “We uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne… took one gulp each and looked into each other’s eyes… We muttered almost in unison: ‘We made America Great.’”
The report included information from a two-year investigation into Russia’s aggressive social media efforts to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and help Trump win the presidency. The report found that the IRA supported Trump and specifically targeted African Americans through social media, more than any other group, to hurt Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Trump has reiterated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election. The report recommends the Trump administration to “publicly reinforce the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election.” Furthermore, the committee urged social media companies to share information with each other and promote transparency.
Russian interference in the 2016 election was confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in their recent report. The report contains recommendations to prevent interference in future elections, specifically the 2020 presidential election.