Trump's national security adviser says Russian meddling in the election is "beyond dispute"
Donald Trump electoral victory in 2016 was a bittersweet affair for the Republican party.
On the one hard it was a momentous achievement: here was a candidate which the media, the Democrats and the mainstream Republicans all dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan publicity whore, and they did everything in their power to discredit Trump's legitimacy. Yet despite all of that, and numerous controversies along the campaign trail, Trump still managed to get into power against all the odds.
On the other hand, the triumph was soured by the alleged possibility of collusion with Russia, and interference in the election which could apparently be traced back to Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin. According to this account of events, Trump's victory was aided by Russian hackers and bots, who filtered the flow of information of news sources to voters on social media in order to ensure that they were fed biased articles.
The scandal has been so damaging that the FBI has launched an investigation into the Trump administration in order to determine whether or the US government has been compromised. Trump, for his part, has vehemently denied that Russian interference had anything to do with his electoral win, and yet his firing of FBI director James Comey in 2017, the very man leading the inquiry, did nothing to allay the suspicions of his detractors.
But in a shocking twist, H.R. McMaster, Trump's own National Security Adviser, has now claimed that Russian meddling in election is apparently "beyond dispute" - something which directly contradicted statements made minutes earlier by the US Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. In a speech made at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday February 17, McMaster cited Robert Mueller's indictment against 13 Russian collaborators, which was released on Friday February 16, as proof.
"As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain ... I’m surprised there are any Russian cyber experts available based on how active most of them have been undermining our democracies in the West. We would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage."
However, despite the admission of Russian interference, McMaster's statement and Mueller's probe seemed to prove that Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia itself, something which Trump was keen to point out himself on social media. Commenting on Mueller's findings, the White House released this statement:
"President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed on this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel's investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected. [sic]"
"It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancour to be successful ... It's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections."
However, as soon as the Trump administration dealt with this scandal, another sprung up in its wake, after this former playboy model alleged that she and Trump had conducted a clandestine extra martial affair back in 2006.