Good Morning America waded into international relations Friday, when Vladimir Putin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stopped by for an interview with host George Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos wasted no time with niceties, jumping into Putin’s “read my lips” denial that his government interfered in the recent U.S. presidential election.
“It was nothing else but slander,” said Peskov on the allegations of Russian meddling. “All that fake news … read Mr. Putin’s lips.”
“You’ve said yourself that it’s natural Putin would prefer Trump. Why?” asked Stephanopoulos.
Peskov then went into a lengthy description of how it was only natural that Putin would want to work with international figures more favorably disposed to Russian interests.
“It’s not about preferring,” he said. “It’s about whose ideas are more close to you.”
Peskov also expressed complete confidence that any future testimony from former National Security Advisor, (Ret.) Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, would reveal nothing.
When Stephanopoulos suggested that relations between the two nations could be approaching a new Cold War, Peskov did him one better.
“New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse,” he suggested. “Maybe even worse taking into account actions of the present presidential administration in Washington.”
Notwithstanding Peskov’s denials, the Russia clouds swirling the Trump administration have only increased in recent days. Gen. Flynn’s lawyer is already warning that his client has “a story to tell” in exchange for immunity, and earlier this week news broke that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, would be questioned before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Trump administration, now fully mired in scandal and an FBI investigation, has continued to deny any improper connections with the Russian government.
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