A just-released report from the Republican-majority Senate Intelligence Committee reveals the social media attacks on the 2016 U.S. election that placed Donald Trump in the White House were performed “at the direction of the Kremlin.” That report also finds that not only did the Kremlin work to ensure Hillary Clinton lost the election, but that Donald Trump won the Republican Party’s nomination in the primaries.
“The Senate panel cited the ‘close-ties’ of Yevgeny Prigozhin,” who is the director of the Russian Internet Research Agency, “to Russian President Vladimir Putin as evidence of ‘significant Kremlin support, authorization, and direction of the IRA’s operations and goals,'” The Hill reports.
The Kremlin’s social media disinformation campaigns were part of a “broader, sophisticated, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed to sow discord in American politics and society,” the Senate report states.
But that report also finds that the attacks on the 2016 election by Putin’s associates did not stop after the election of Donald Trump. In fact, after the 2016 election, they increased.
“Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election,” Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said.
He addd that Russia’s goal is now “broader: to sow societal discord and erode public confidence in the machinery of government. By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans.”
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Viral Video: Trump Brags Putin ‘Was a Friend of Mine I Got Along Great With Him’ – While He Was President
A viral video that’s been viewed nearly 700,000 times in just a few hours Friday appears to show Donald Trump talking with pro-golfer John Daly, and bragging about how Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin was his friend – but only while he was president.
In the video Trump also appears to imply he lied to the Russian autocrat, telling Putin if he bombed the U.S. he would nuke Russia.
“They’re all saying, ‘Oh, he’s a nuclear power,’ it’s like they’re afraid of him,” Trump says in the video with the camera on Daly.
“You know, he was a friend of mine I got along great with him,” Trump tells Daly, as if it is the job of the leader of the free world to “get along great” with a Russian authoritarian who is now, some are saying, a war criminal and a terrorist.
“I say, ‘Vladimir if you do it we’re hitting Moscow. We’re going to hit Moscow,’ Trump continues, apparently speaking about bombing the U.S. “And he sort of believed me like 5%, 10% that’s all you need,” Trump concludes, implying he was not telling the truth.
“He never did it during my time John, you know. They were all talking about it, ‘Why didn’t he do this during the last four years?’ Because he knew he couldn’t.”
Trump has been name-dropping Vladimir Putin recently in public, last week calling him a “genius” and “savvy.” Later at CPAC, the far-right Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump told attendees, “I was with Putin a lot, I spent a lot of time with him, I got along with him,” according to the Daily Mail.
Watch video of Trump and Daly, posted by Golf.com’s Tim Reilly:
Trump discussing Russia with John Daly on speaker phone is something else
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— Tim Reilly (@LifeOfTimReilly) March 4, 2022
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