The Daily Beast reports yesterday that while President Obama was interviewed on The Daily Show he described links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“This was not a secret running up to the election!” exclaimed Obama. “The president-elect [Trump] in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on, and confirm our conspiracy theories.’ You had what was very clear relationships between members of the president-elect’s campaign team and Russians, and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues.”
If you recall, Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort was shown the door in August following a New York Times report connecting him to pro-Putin movements in Ukraine. Numerous other Trump team members have Russia ties as well, including retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security adviser, who accepted a paid speaking gig from—and was a personal dinner guest of—Vladimir Putin last year; his pick for secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a longtime pal of Putin’s whose company has billions tied up in Russia; and former adviser Carter Page, who is in Moscow for some reason.
The quote above begins 7 minutes and 36 seconds into the video below.
President Obama does not mention that one day after Trump asked the Russians to “Hack Hillary’s emails” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported that its computer system was hacked. The president did not have the time to describe all Trump’s ties to Russia. Today we learned that Trump has selected Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Tillerson is an Exxon CEO who has done business in Russia for decades. Putin himself gave Tillerson the Russian Order of Friendship after he signed deals with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft, whose chief, Igor Sechin, is seen as Putin’s loyal lieutenant.