Facing renewed questions and investigations about contacts between his associates and Russia over last year’s election, President Trump denounced “conspiracy theories” that he claims are being spun by the media and illegal intelligence leaks.
“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred,” Trump said during a morning tweetstorm. “@MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!”
This and other tweets came as The New York Times reported that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Trump’s campaign team “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election” in which Russia is accused of interfering via the hacking of Democratic officials.
In another tweet, Trump accused his critics of scandal-mongering out of deference to defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump said.
Trump also complained about news leaks in a third tweet: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.”