Recently released Obama White House visitor logs show that Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak visited officials in his administration on at least 22 occasions between 2009 and 2016, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon on Friday.
Kislyak’s name appears on the visitor logs as recently as September 2016, when he had a meeting with Obama’s senior adviser John Holdren and others.
According to the article, the visitor logs were “released by the Obama White House as a push for transparency in his administration.”
Records reveal that “Kislyak met with National Security Council senior official Gary Samore on weapons of mass destruction four times during Obama’s first term. The ambassador also meet three times with Obama’s senior adviser Robert Malley on defeating the Islamic State (IS). Kislyak also paid the visitor’s office four visits.”
The ambassador has also attended a dozen White House events during the Obama administration, including “holiday open houses” and a “diplomatic corps reception.”
Amidst increased outrage from Democrats who decry President Trump’s officials for their communications with the Russian diplomat, records reveal that the Obama administration kept in regular contact with Kislyak, as well.
“Former President Barack Obama was once caught on a hot mic leaning over to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a national security summit in South Korea saying that he would have ‘more flexibility’ after his final reelection,” the article noted.
It was also pointed out that during his 2012 presidential debate with Mitt Romney, Obama famously derided his opponent’s concerns regarding Russia when he said that “the 1980s were asking for their foreign policy back.” Back then, Obama said he did not believe that Russia was “that much of a threat.”
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