Trump aide had fre­quent con­tact with Rus­sia en­voy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is aware of fre­quent con­tacts be­tween Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn and Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United States, in­clud­ing on the day Pres­i­dent Barack Obama hit Moscow with sanc­tions in re­tal­i­a­tion for elec­tion-re­lated hack­ing, a se­nior U.S. of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

It’s not un­usual for in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tions to have dis­cus­sions with for­eign gov­ern­ments be­fore tak­ing of­fice. But the mul­ti­ple con­tacts on Dec. 29 — the day Obama im­posed sanc­tions — would raise ques­tions about whether Trump’s team dis­cussed Rus­sia’s re­sponse.

Trump tran­si­tion spokesman Sean Spicer said Flynn and Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak spoke on the phone close to the time of the sanc­tions an­nounce­ment, al­though Spicer said the con­ver­sa­tion hap­pened a day ear­lier, on Dec. 28.

“The call cen­tered around the lo­gis­tics of set­ting up a call with the pres­i­dent of Rus­sia and the pres­i­dent-elect af­ter he was sworn in ...” Spicer told re­porters Fri­day.

The of­fi­cial said Flynn and Kislyak also were in con­tact other times. Spicer said they ex­changed Christ­mas greet­ings via text dur­ing the hol­i­days.


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