BREAKING: Campaign Caught Meeting with Russian Ambassador
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sat down with Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, who said that no election talk was discussed throughout the 2016 election with either campaign. He noted, as have others, that the meetings Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with aides of Donald Trump isn’t scandalous, and that Kislyak was doing his job.
“This is his job. He was talking about bilateral relations. He was talking about what is going on the in the United States, so we have a better understanding In Moscow,” said Peskov. Even our own ambassador to Russia conducts meetings like this because, as Peskov noted, the more an ambassador talks to the people in his country of residence—the better job he does.
Concerning similar-style meetings between members of the Clinton campaign and Kislyak, Peskov said, “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.”
This is not surprising. Russia is an important geopolitical rival in several respects. It makes sense that someone who might end up being president would meet with Russian officials. We're reporting this story to illustrate a point: Meeting with a diplomatic representative of a foreign government is not indicative of a desire to commit treason.