Trump aide had frequent contact with Russia envoy
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.