On Wednesday, the anti-Trump propaganda rag otherwise known as the Washington Post claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is paying President Donald Trump using a joke told by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with fellow GOP leaders.
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” he said, according to a recording of a June 2016 conversation which the Post said it verified.
“Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia,” the Post said, adding:
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy…
…Some of the lawmakers laughed at McCarthy’s comment. Then McCarthy quickly added: “Swear to God.”
Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
McCarthy apparently wasn’t too happy with this report and tweeted:
This was an attempt at humor gone wrong. No surprise @WashingtonPost tried to contort this into breaking news.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 17, 2017
“The remarks remained secret for nearly a year,” Adam Entous said.
And, Entous added, Never-Trump candidate Evan McMullin was present when the joke was told:
Evan McMullin, who in his role as policy director to the House Republican Conference participated in the June 15 conversation, said: “It’s true that Majority Leader McCarthy said that he thought candidate Trump was on the Kremlin’s payroll. Speaker Ryan was concerned about that leaking.”
McMullin ran for president last year as an independent and has been a vocal critic of Trump.
When initially asked to comment on the exchange, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said: “That never happened,” and Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, said: “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.”
“This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity,” Buck said.
Writing at the Gateway Pundit, Cristina Laila said:
Well it looks like WaPo has published another piece of garbage, also known as Wednesday. They belong in the check-out lane next to other 2-bit gossip rags. Of course the mentally liberal base is riled up right now because they actually believe Trump is paid by Vladimir Putin.
Sure enough, we found it on Twitter:
— Bobby (@montrealdesign) May 18, 2017
And of course, what does one normally do with “traitors?”
WAPOST says it has a secret recording: Paul Ryan joking about #Trump being paid by Russians, but they refuse to release the "tape", WHY??!
— Erik Gomez (@erikagsp7) May 18, 2017
No, it wasn’t Ryan…
Paul Ryan and McCarthy said on National TV that Trump gets paid by the Russians !
They need to get Subpoenaed !
— Richard Hardy (@richardhardy80) May 18, 2017
Um, no, that’s not what happened…
— TruthMonger (@TruthMongr) May 17, 2017
There’s one question that needs to be answered here, however — Who, exactly provided the recording and leaked it to the Post? We don’t know because the article doesn’t say, but we can speculate.
What we do know is that the Post is clearly gunning for Trump and they’re apparently willing to sink to any depths to push their agenda. This is just one more piece of innuendo to drive the insane left further over the cliff.
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