Fareed Zakaria Presses Kremlin Spox: Was There Any ‘Serious Communication’ with Team Trump?
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria spoke with Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov in an interview that aired this morning where they discussed, well, the reason so many Americans are talking about Russia right now.
Zakaria asked him, “Did the Russian government have any collaboration or serious communication back and forth with Donald Trump’s campaign during the election campaign last year?”
Peskov said no and accused the U.S. of engaging in “self-humiliation” by “saying that a country can intervene in your election process”:
“America, a huge country…the most powerful country in the world, with very, very stable political traditions, and you say that a country can easily intervene and easily influence your electoral process. This is simply impossible.”
Zakaria brought up the contact between ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a number of Trump associates. Peskov said he was just doing his job in “talking about bilateral relations,” but Zakaria asked if there were any similar meetings with Clinton campaign officials.
Peskov said, “Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind.”
Zakaria argued that Putin certainly “might have had a preference for Mr. Trump given that, in his view, Hillary Clinton had tried to interfere in Russian domestic politics.”
Peskov said there was certainly a difference in how Trump and Clinton talked about Russia, but “that doesn’t mean… that Russia has interfered in [the] electoral process.”
Zakaria brought up the conclusion from U.S. intel agencies that Russia tried to alter the outcome of the election. Peskov responded, “We have never seen any evidence. And we have never heard something trustful.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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