In a March 21, 2016 interview with the Washington Post, then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump listed five people as being his among foreign policy advisrrs. One of the names he gave was that of Carter Page, a little-known U.S. oil industry consultant.
Yet six months later, by late September 2016, members of the Trump campaign were denying that Page played any significant role in the Trump campaign, and claiming that Page had “never met Trump, never briefed him,” and that he had “zero influence.”
The denials came after Page resigned from the campaign due to his name appearing in media reports linking the Trump campaign to the Russian government. According to a report by Yahoo News published on Sept. 23, 2106, U.S. intelligence had earlier started investigating whether Page had set up private communications with Russian officials.
Page had appeared on U.S. intelligence radar when he visited Moscow in early July 2016, ostensibly to give a lecture at a think tank, but also, it appears from testimony Page gave to the U. S. House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 2, 2017, to meet with Russian government officials.
And, according to a transcript of his testimony, Page admitted to sending an e-mail to several other Trump campaign staffers on July 14, 2016, in which he wrote: “As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work.”
That was two days before the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 officially altered its policy stance on Ukraine, softening wording that included “arming Ukraine” to providing “appropriate assistance.” It would be easy to infer from this congruence of facts that Page, during his visit to Moscow, where according to his own testimony to the U. S. House Intelligence Committee he met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, had helped arrange a deal that resulted in the softening of the Republican Party’s policies on Ukraine.
There is plenty of other evidence to earn Page the title of Ukraine’s Foe of the Week, and pin him with an Order of Lenin. He has spoken in support of the murderous Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s chief foe. He has criticized U.S. policies and praised those of the Kremlin. He is regularly quoted by Kremlin propaganda media. Judging by some of his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, the term “useful idiot” applies
But we may have to wait for fresh criminal indictments from U. S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to know for sure whether Carter Page is as bad a foe of Ukraine as he appears to be at the moment.
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