Scaramucci: Trump is still not sure Russia interfered in the election



  • scaramucci
    White House communications director spars with CNN’s
    Jake Tapper over Russia’s election
    interference.

    Screenshot/CNN


    Trump’s new communications director, Anthony
    Scaramucci, said that the president is still not sure Russia
    meddled in the 2016 election.

  • Trump’s own national security officials, however,
    recently reaffirmed that Russia was behind the hacking
    campaign.
  • Scaramucci characterized Trump Jr.’s meeting with
    Russians last year as a “non-event” and said Trump still has
    not decided whether to sign a new Russia sanctions bill into
    law.

President Donald Trump’s new White House communications director,
Anthony Scaramucci, told CNN on Sunday that Trump is still not
convinced that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“He called me from Air Force One and he basically said to
me, ‘Hey, you know, maybe they did do it, maybe they didn’t do
it,'” Scaramucci, who started his new position on Friday,
told host Jake Tapper.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer also never
provided
 a definitive answer when asked whether Trump
believed Russia interfered in the election, telling reporters
last month that he had not “sat down” with Trump and asked him
about it.

Scaramucci said the president believes that if the Russians
really did hack the Democratic National Committee and Hillary
Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, then they would never
have gotten caught. He then asked if the media’s focus on the
Russia investigation was an attempt to “delegitimize” Trump’s
victory, and called the probe a “made-up” scandal.

Tapper pointed out that there are ongoing FBI and
congressional intelligence committee investigations into Russia’s
election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded
with Moscow to undermine Clinton during the election. But
Scaramucci pushed back, asking whether any of the probes had
uncovered evidence.

Scaramucci also characterized Donald Trump Jr.’s
controversial meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya
and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin last year at Trump
Tower as a “non-event” and “a nothing meeting.”

He added that while Trump still has not
decided whether or not to sign the Iran-Russia sanctions bill
that recently passed the Senate and House with bipartisan
support, the president “is
 going to be super, super
tough on Russia.”

‘This threat is real’

The revelation that Trump is still questioning whether
Russia was behind last year’s hacking campaigns is not shocking —
Trump has called the probes a “witch hunt,” a “fake”attempt by
Democrats to justify their defeat, and continued to cast doubt on
the conclusion as recently as July 5, when he alleged that only
“three or four” US…

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