New York Times OpEd: Was Trump campaign in contact with Russia? | Unpublished

Unpublished Opinions

James OGrady's picture
Ottawa, Ontario
About the author

I am the founder of Unpublished Media Inc., a company I started in 2012. I am also a communications professional and community activist, living in Nepean, Ontario. And, I am a hockey goaltender, political hack and most importantly, an advocate for grassroots, participatory democracy at all levels of government.

Like it

New York Times OpEd: Was Trump campaign in contact with Russia?

January 12, 2017

I thought I'd share today's New York Times OpEd following US President-Elect Donald Trump's first press conference yesterday. Towards the end, "Donald" was asked about whether or not his campaign was in contact with the Russians.

We already know that computers from a Trump hotel were connected with computers in a Russian bank during the campaign and that traffic between the two increased significantly everytime something controversial happened (Mother Jones). So, Mr. Trump, please tell the world, for the record, yes or no? 


“Mr. President-elect, can you stand here today, once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign?”

The question came at the end of Donald Trump’s news conference yesterday, from Cecilia Vega of ABC News. He did not answer it.

The country needs a clear answer.

Top leaders of a hostile foreign government — Russia — approved an effort to influence an American presidential election. They did it by stealing emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and they did it with the intention of helping Trump win. Given the closeness of the outcome, he may well have lost without the help.

The biggest unanswered question now is whether the Trump campaign played any role in Russia’s effort. If it did, it committed a version of election interference that makes Watergate look meager by comparison.
Yet Trump declined to answer at the news conference (and his brief “No” later, while approaching an elevator, isn’t sufficient). He instead ignored Vega’s question of his campaign’s involvement and focused on a question she tacked on, about Trump’s message to Vladimir Putin. (Which is also a reminder that reporters often outsmart themselves, and let politicians off the hook, by asking multipart questions.)

Mr. President-elect, we need an answer.

The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Max Boot on Trump’s devotion to Putin and Jay Franzone on outdated blood donation restrictions for gay men.
David Leonhardt, Op-Ed Columnist