Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: ‘No mistake’ Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering Trump admin hits Iranian shipping network, airline with new sanctions The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal MORE on Wednesday insisted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn’s UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE and a Russian diplomat discussed election interference at a recent White House meeting despite the Russian official’s claims to the contrary.
Asked by a reporter whether Trump had brought up the issue of Russian election interference and made clear that the U.S. would not accept future meddling, Pompeo said that he had.
“I will leave to the White House to give the details of what is said. I never talk about what the President says in those private settings, but I can tell you that Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov’s statement is not accurately a reflection of my recollection of that meeting,” Pompeo told reporters.
“[T]here is no mistake that President Trump made clear in the meeting that he had with Foreign Minister Lavrov and the rest of the Russian team that was there that President Trump personally, and America, finds their meddling in our elections unacceptable in the very same way that I had said it earlier to Foreign Minister Lavrov,” he continued.
Pompeo’s remarks come after Lavrov told reporters during a press conference at the Russian embassy in Washington that he and Trump “haven’t even actually discussed elections,” and did not discuss the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the president during their meeting Tuesday.
Trump himself claimed to have had discussed “election meddling” with Lavrov in a tweet with a picture of the two men Tuesday afternoon.
“Just had a very good meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of Russia,” the president wrote. “Discussed many items including Trade, Iran, North Korea, INF Treaty, Nuclear Arms Control, and Election Meddling. Look forward to continuing our dialogue in the near future!”
Just had a very good meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of Russia. Discussed many items including Trade, Iran, North Korea, INF Treaty, Nuclear Arms Control, and Election Meddling. Look forward to continuing our dialogue in the near future! pic.twitter.com/tHecH9a9ck
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
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