Many years after the 2016 election, we are still learning about Russia’s effort to assist Donald Trump in defeating Hillary Clinton and taking the White House. According to leaked Kremlin documents, a meeting took place in January of 2016 wherein Russian officials agreed that Trump winning the presidency would create “social turmoil” in the United States which would help accomplish Russia’s political objectives. We know the meeting happened in part because an official photo from the occasion has come out showing Putin with then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov along with other military intelligence officials. The three major intelligence agencies in Russia were ordered to come up with practical ways to interfere in the American election in an operation that ultimately ended up being successful. The spokesperson for Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, has denied the report that the meeting ever took place. It is possible that Joe Biden spoke with Putin last month about the leak, in addition to discussing the hack on Colonial Pipeline and other geopolitical matters of the day. We’re likely not going to know about that anytime soon, as unlike Trump, Biden knows how to negotiate with world leaders and keep himself from making everything public, stomping around, and screaming like a child.
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