During a meeting with health insurance executives today, President Trump seemed to shrug off a question about whether he would ever appoint someone to investigate the level of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Trump had several company leaders at the White House today to discuss ways to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and he allowed the press into the room as he outlined today’s agenda. As the press pool was leaving the meeting, NBC’s Kristen Welker shouted out a question about whether Trump would support a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s cyber activities. Trump did not directly respond to Welker’s inquiry, though a mic did catch him as he said “I haven’t spoken to Russia in 10 years.”
Trump has repeatedly come under scrutiny due to indications from intelligence reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an active campaign to meddle with the 2016 election to Trump’s benefit. The president has recently escalated his feud with the media amid reports suggesting that his campaign officials were in contact with Russian intelligence before November 8.
Trump was known to have spoken with Putin as recently as January of this year, where they reportedly spoke about nuclear treaties among other subjects. A recent poll has suggested that most Americans would like Congress to investigate the nature of Trump’s connection to Russia.
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