MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Wednesday scoffed at allegations put forth by U.S. Democrats that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election as “nonsense”.
Addressing questions from the media, President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, denounced suggestions that Trump had been working on Russia’s behalf.
“What kind of nonsense are you asking about? That’s stupid,” Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. “How can the president of the United States be an agent of another country? Just think yourself.”
Lavrov’s comments follow those of Trump who on Monday told reporters that he “never worked for Russia” after reports surfaced that the FBI had quietly begun a counterintelligence investigation into his ties to Moscow.
Lavrov also addressed the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which he pointed out has produced no evidence that would prove Trump’s collusion with Russia.
“It’s quite obvious that the situation is absurd,” Lavrov said about the Mueller probe.
Lavrov then attacked the mainstream American media, accusing them of “lowering their journalistic standards” in their biased coverage of the matter and called out U.S. lawmakers for inhibiting Trump’s right as president to direct foreign policy.
“This right is under attack from Congress, Lavrov said, “and this doesn’t make these attacks constitutional or less illegal.”