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Report: Trump aide in frequent contact with Russia envoy

8 months 1 week 1 day ago Friday, January 13 2017 Jan 13, 2017 January 13, 2017 1:57 PM January 13, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration is aware of frequent contacts between President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The official says the contacts happened on the day President Barack Obama expelled dozens of Russian officials from the U.S. and imposed sanctions as punishment for election-related hacking. The official says the administration is also aware of contacts between Trump adviser Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at other times as well.

The day after Obama announced sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retaliate. Trump praised him for his restraint.

Flynn's conversations were first reported by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. The official was not authorized to confirm the contacts publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Russian embassy in Washington will neither confirm, nor deny the reports.

A Trump spokesman said a call took place a day earlier to exchange "logistical information."

A Russian embassy spokesman told the Interfax news agency on Friday: "The embassy isn't commenting on multiple contacts with our counterparts here, which take place on a daily basis in line with the diplomatic practice."

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