March 5, 2021

What you need to know about Russia’s Lavrov as he returns to the Oval Office again

David Frum of the Atlantic walks us down memory lane with Trump and Sergey Lavrov in the White House once more.

David Frum, the senior editor at the Atlantic, has delivered a refresher course on Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as he returns for a visit to the Oval Office.

Lavrov met with President Trump following a press conference in which Lavrov demanded more evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

According to CBS News:

“Lavrov said the U.S. allegations of Russian interference were baseless, and demanded more documents, to which one Washington Post reporter asked, ‘Why not just read the Mueller report, it’s very detailed when it comes to U.S. allegations related to meddling in the 2016 election?'”

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back against Lavrov’s claims, the press conference was followed by a personal meeting with Trump. The meeting comes on the same day that Trump faces two articles of impeachment related to Ukraine.

With the whirlwind of news, it’s hard to keep track of Trump’s past history with Lavrov. Fortunately, David Frum took a walk down memory lane on Twitter.

Frum notes that Lavrov’s visit today comes at a key, vulnerable moment in Trump’s presidency, just as it did years ago. See Frum’s Twitter thread below:

Trump managed to reveal classified information to the Russians that day, which Trump helped to confirm himself on Twitter.

“5 days after the Trump-Lavrov meeting, the Washington Post reported: Trump had revealed to the Russians classified info “so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government”

Then, HR McMaster attempted to address the fallout in the press.

“So, instead, later on the morning of May 16, National Security Director HR McMaster stepped forward to minimize the disaster. He described Trump’s actions as “wholly appropriate” and insisted that Trump had not compromised sources or methods”

However, Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the media for reporting on the matter.

“Later that same day, May 16, then Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media … for reporting on Trump’s blabbing. Spicer denounced the reporting on Trump’s blurt as “frankly dangerous” and “extremely troubling”

Unfortunately, the damage was done and led to the exfiltration of a top intelligence source in Russia. Why? Because they couldn’t trust Trump would not “betray him,” according to Frum.

The alarms continued to go off for the CIA as Trump held private meetings with Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg and then destroyed the translator’s notes of what took place. Did Trump discuss more classified intelligence with Putin? We have no idea.

Today, Frum says that news outlets biased to Trump are suggesting the investigation into Trump and his involvement with Russia were unwarranted. Frum suggests that public knowledge about Trump is evidence enough that he cannot be trusted on matters related to Russia.

“Pro-Trump media now distort the Horowitz report to misrepresent Trump and the stumblebum Carter Page as victims of overzealous investigators. But in office, Trump as president has more than confirmed that he cannot be trusted to protect the US interest on Russia matters”

Despite the Mueller investigations, there is an astounding amount of critical information that Americans, including Trump’s own staff, simply don’t know.

“How much of Trump’s animus vs Ukraine can be traced to the July 2017 secret talk with Putin? Trump’s own staff don’t know. To this day, Trump’s financial ties to Russia remain undisclosed. It does not seem that Mueller investigated them either.”

As Trump and Attorney General Barr attack the basis for the Russia investigations and Trump meets with Lavrov once more in the White House, it seems it is all meant to throw Americans “off the trail.”

“The FISA story now being woof-woofed by Trump and the pro-Trump media is only the latest attempt to lead Americans off the trail into the thickets. Lavrov’s return to the Oval Office today amid the Ukraine impeachment IS the trail – and that’s what should be pursued.”

Today, Trump’s replacement FBI Director Wray suffers Trump’s Twitter attacks, which led Daily Beast columnist, Julia Davis to ask a somewhat funny, but also quite relevant question.

Vox journalist, Aaron Rupar, shared a video in which White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley suggests that the topic of conversation for Lavrov and Trump is “election security.” How much more irony can Americans take, and how stupid do they think we really are?

Featured image: President Donald Trump speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

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