Amid suspicions that the President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak indicated that he had communication with a long list of Trump’s officials.
Kislyak told the state-owned Russian television channel Russia-1 that he would never name all of the officials he met with and that it would take him longer than 20 minutes to do so.
“The list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes,” Kislyak said, according to CNBC.
After Trump’s election, the media focused on how his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, met with Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign and reportedly discussed matters related to the campaign.
Suspicion grew almost immediately after Trump’s election when news surfaced that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn corresponded with Kislyak about Russian sanctions. Although Flynn resigned shortly after the news, Kislyak balked at the revleation.
“So what?” he said in response to the story.
Trump, whom Kislyak called “witty,” has vehemently denied suspicions that his campaign colluded with Russia.
It was “nonsense” and “very sad,” Kislyak said, for people to think that Russia somehow “picked America’s president” by influencing the election.