U.S. President Donald Trump is a sad man. His anger has been triggered by reports of his transition team and himself constantly contacting Kremlin. The President has placed the blame on US intelligence community over what he termed to be reliance on “illegal” leaks.
Various United States media houses reported that top Trump aides constantly communicated with the Russian officials throughout the campaign era.
The intelligence officials had in the past reported that they have evidence to believe mischief in the November elections, with claims that Russia was doing all it can to influence the final results. The Putin-led country is said to have favored Trump for the presidency.
But Moscow turned down the claims, saying they are based on unsubstantiated facts.
According to the country’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the reports that Trump and Putin’s men constantly communicated aren’t based on any facts.
As he is used to, Mr. Trump took twitter in opposition to the leaks.
“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.Very un-American!” Trump said.
In a separate tweet, the President said that the “Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”
Donald Trump, who is yet to finish up his first month in office, said that the “failing New York Times and Washington Post” are constantly being fed fake news by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.
From the look of things, the President may soon be at parallels with his own intelligence officials as the allegations continue to intensify. But the relationship between the two flared during the 2016 US elections, as explained by Gary O’Donoghue, a BBC Washington correspondent.
Something worth noting is that the leaks have emerged just a day after Trump’s National Security adviser Michael Flynn amid claims that he discussed US sanctions with the Russian officials. Ex-President Obama had imposed the sanctions before the end of his tenure.
But his resignation wasn’t the end of everything as top Republicans openly called for investigations into Flynn’s links with Russia.
The Democrats haven’t spared him either, with Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, stating that he would push for the committee’s investigations into Russian hacking to be expanded to include Mr Flynn’s phone calls.
The White House announced on Tuesday that after intercepting Flynn’s calls with Kislyak, Trump was informed on the possibility of the former national security adviser having misled Vice President Mike Pence.
Sean Spicer said that the President worked closely with his advisers in reviewing the information daily before he forced Flynn to resign.
Flynn noted in his resignation letter that he had issued an apology to both the President and the Vice President.
The embattled leader wrote in his resignation letter that throughout his more than 30 years of military service and tenure as the National Security Advisor, he has always conducted his duties with utmost honesty and integrity.
Rex Tillerson is scheduled to hold his first meeting as US secretary of state with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Bonn, Germany during the G20 gathering.