Trump: My Campaign “Rebuffed Russia At Every Time”

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Trump falsely claimed in a tweet that his campaign "rebuffed" Russia "at every turn."

According to The Washington Post, on Thursday evening, Trump gave his version of a peace offering via Twitter.

“After two years of hard work and each party trying their best to make the other party look as bad as possible, it’s time to get back to business,” Trump tweeted, adding later that “now Republicans and Democrats must come together for the good of the American people.”

In the midst of his peace offering, though, he wrote: "The Mueller Report strongly stated that there was No Collusion with Russia (of course) and, in fact, they were rebuffed at every turn in attempts to gain access."

Trump is somewhat right in stating that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Yet, Trump takes his argument one step further in saying that Russia’s attempts to collude with his campaign were “rebuffed at every turn.” This statement is clearly untrue.

For example, during the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, a music promoter working for a Russian developer’s family emailed Donald Trump Jr. and said the Russian government wanted to help with Trump’s campaign. Donald Trump Jr. replied, “if it’s what you say, I love it.” The Russian actor was hardly “rebuffed.”

The Mueller report gives several examples of the Trump campaign not rebuffing Russia. In another example, campaign adviser Carter Paige went to Russia for a conference and later told the campaign that a deputy prime minister “expressed strong support for Mr. Trump and a desire to work together toward devising better solutions in response to a vast range of current international problems.”

Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney, helped to get a development project approved in Moscow. He even had a conversation with an aide to President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. Then-Senator Jeff Sessions repeatedly met with the Russian ambassador. Many members of Trump’s campaign met with Dimitri Simes, the head of a think tank with ties to the Russian government.

Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said he would give campaign briefings to Russian oligarchs linked to Putin and regularly spoke to a former colleague believed to have ties to Russian intelligence. He also gave internal campaign polling data to the same former colleague.

Mueller directly addressed the relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian actors in his report, saying: “The Russian contacts consisted of business connections, offers of assistance to the Campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for Campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved U.S.-Russian relations.”

“Accordingly, while this report embodies factual and legal determinations that the Office believes to be accurate and complete to the greatest extent possible, given these identified gaps,” the report states, “the Office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast in a new light) the events described in the report.”

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