White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday” that top U.S. intelligence officials had informed him that Russia was not involved in Trump’s presidential campaign. The statement came to end circulating news about the possibility of the President having compromising, illegal talks with Russia.
“I can assure you, the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that [the allegation] is not only grossly overstated, but also wrong,” according to Priebus in the interview. “They have made it very clear that the story is complete garbage.” He added.
The circulating news about the Trump-Russia link started during the 2016 campaign after Trump Praised Putin’s governance of Russia. With the recent reports of retired Gen. Michael Flynn talking to Russian officials about the U.S. sanctions before he even officially became the President’s national security adviser, has strengthened theories about Trump’s link with the Russians.
President Donald Trump reiterated in a press conference last Thursday, that he had no knowledge of any of his campaign officials talking with Russians officials.
Priebus on Sunday tried to dispel the link between Trump and Russia, he however declined to name his source from the intelligence community. He also defended the President’s tweet about the fake news media as the ‘enemy of the American people.”
He said: “I understand where he is coming from,” he said. “There are certain things that are happening in the news that just aren’t honest. We aren’t talking about everyone. … There is nothing wrong with background. We need to communicate with reporters and give context.”