Pretty much every day or so a new tie between the Trump campaign and the Russians appears. Documents from a lawmaker in the Ukraine link Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort with money laundering for Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed former Ukrainian president who was propped up by Moscow and is now wanted on corruption charges but is hiding out in Russia. Manafort worked for Yahukovych for almost a decade.
So how does the Trump administration respond to this? Do they defend Manafort against the charges? No, they throw him under the bus and pretend they really don’t know Manafort at all. Press secretary Sean Spicer blatantly lied that Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the Trump campaign. Spicer claimed that Manafort joined the campaign “in June”, when he actually started in March.
As for having a limited role in the campaign, when Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for president during the primaries, securing the nomination for Trump, the first person that Trump thanked in his victory speech was Paul Manafort.
Even allies of Trump said that Spicer was “delusional” for his comments attempting to deny connections between Trump and Manafort.
And Manafort officially left the Trump campaign in August when reports of his work for pro-Russian leaders (including Yanukovych) started to get attention. But Manafort kept working for Trump, including after the election.
As one Republican put it “Sean Spicer goes out there everyday, and the people who speak for the president, and they know what their marching orders are, and it’s not telling the truth. It’s telling the truth as Donald Trump perceives it to be.”
What I find particularly hypocritical is that the Trump administration will lie about anything, including simple, verifiable facts.
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