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White House Officials Accuse Russia of Helping Syrian Chemical Attack ‘Cover Up’

During a gaggle with reporters today, White House officials accused Russia of playing a role in helping the Syrian government cover up their use of chemical weapons last week.

The off-camera intelligence discussion was centered around reports on how U.S. officials believe Russia knew about the Syrian chemical attack ahead of time. Multiple news agencies report that White House officials told the journalists in attendance that Russia was trying to use a disinformation campaign to “confuse the world community” about what happened regarding the attack that left dozens of people dead in Syria.

“I think it’s clear that the Russians are trying to cover up what happened,” one official said, according to Washington Free Beacon. “The cover up is the disinformation since the day of the attack”

The officials reportedly said they could not definitively affirm whether the Russian government knew about Syria’s chemical attack in advance. Nonetheless, CNN reports that one official in the meeting acknowledged that the allegations apply to Russia’s usual methods for spreading false narratives and placing blame on political enemies.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about this during today’s briefing, and he said that the intelligence communities do not yet have a consensus yet on Russia’s involvement. Spicer also faced inquiries about whether things would change between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Watch above, via CNN.

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