Donald Trump spent the night after his speech to a joint session of Congress celebrating what was the best moment of his presidency in his first month in office. He ate dinner with his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, enjoying the high point that had been omitted from his first days as president until scandal hit the Trump administration once more. The news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contacted Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, contrary to what he claimed during confirmation hearings, cutting short the celebration by the White House of what was a successful speech to America.
I’d consider it an informal conversation just like my interactionswith dozens of other ambassadors and senior diplomats in Cleveland
-J.D. Gordan, Trump campaign director of national security
The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been shrouded in scandal just about every day. All of the news can get confusing, so here’s a brief look at where we are right now in terms of Trump scandal.
Vice President Mike Pence used private email as Governor of Indiana
The news recently broke that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct official state business, from the security of the governor’s mansion to state policy on the most recent terror attacks. His email was also hacked during the summer, he used a standard AOL account.
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The news is ironic considering Pence’s staunch criticism of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time in the State Department. When on Meet The Press, Pence said that Clinton had used a private email server to keep her emails “out of the public reach, out of public accountability.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lies under oath to Congress
During his confirmation hearings then Senator Jeff Sessions said under oath that he had not had any contact with Russia during the campaign. That is contrary to a Washington Post report that Jeff Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign.
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When asked if Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, Trump said he would not. Although by now the Attorney General has recused himself from the investigation.
Donald Trump’s first month has resembled that of the middle of a president’s term, not the beginning. On March 1, 2009, President Barack Obama had a 60% approval rating according to Real Clear politics. On that same day in 2017, President Donald Trump had a 43% approval rating with 49% of those surveyed disapproving of how he’s doing as president.
It seems that every high point of his administration is quickly toppled by yet another Russia scandal. Every week it seems that a new scandal reveals itself and that it cannot get better and we will keep learning about the Trump administration’s ties with Russia.
We need to draw attention to the fact that there has been a federal investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia since the campaign. One thing is for sure: Trump’s ties to Russia are no liberal conspiracy, this is something we all need to worry about and take seriously.