Donald Trump had a meeting with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak during the heat of the presidential race, a report has revealed, stoking more controversy about the new American president’s alleged ties to Russia.
Trump and Kislyak briefly met at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 2, 2016, six months before election day, the AmericaBlog reported on Tuesday, citing a report by The Wall Street Journal from May of last year.
According to the report, Trump “warmly” greeted the Russian envoy at a VIP reception, which was attended by three other foreign ambassadors.
In reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s praise of Trump, the then-presidential hopeful told Kislyak that the Russian head of state was “very bright” and a “strong leader.”
Photos from that day appear to prove that Kislyak was present at Trump’s speech, seating in front row.
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