So this is odd.
In yet another troubling connection between Trump, Wikileaks, and far-right nationalism, Trump’s spokesperson refused to say whether the president sent a British white nationalist named Nigel Farage to meet Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange at his home in the Ecuadorian embassy where he lives to avoid rape charges. A reporter asked Spicer about the meeting point blank and Spicer dodged it – rather than, say, the more obvious answer of “Of course our president isn’t sending white nationalist goons to meet with Julian Assange in secret!”
Here’s how Spicer reacted instead:
VIVIAN SALAMA/AP: Thank you. And second thing is, Nigel Farage was at the Ecuadorian embassy in London today where Julian Assange happens to be staying. Don’t know if they met or not. Was he there? He’s a close ally of President Trump. Was he there in any capacity?
SPICER: I don’t keep his schedule.
VIVIAN SALAMA/AP: Was he delivering a message?
SPICER: I have no idea. I have my own concerns here keeping track of what everyone is doing. I generally don’t worry about what’s going on across the pond. Jonathan?
VIVIAN SALAMA/AP: You already gave me a little bit, but just to follow up —
SPICER: Wow. All right.
JONATHAN KARL/ABC: But on the — the question is not what but can you tell us he wasn’t there on behalf of the white house?
SPICER: Sure. I don’t — he is not — I am not. This is silly. I don’t think asking where random foreign leaders are and whether they are there — I’m sure he was there doing whatever on I understand that. But I. Don’t keep his schedule.
What kind of answer is that? A very odd one.
Meanwhile Trump and his administration continue to be plagued by links to Russian officials and the Trump campaign’s relationship to Wikileaks, which worked with Russia to release hacked emails from the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff. The whole thing stinks.
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