Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says
WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn, then Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said Thursday.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. But among Trump’s inner circle, it is Flynn who appears to have been the main interlocutor with the Russian envoy — the two were in contact during the campaign and the transition, Kislyak and current and former U.S. officials have said.
特朗普的女婿、现为他的一名高级顾问的贾里德·库什纳(Jared Kushner)也参加了弗林和俄罗斯大使谢尔盖·I·基斯利亚克(Sergey I. Kislyak)在特朗普大厦(Trump Tower)进行的会面。但是在特朗普的内部圈子里，弗林似乎才是与这位俄罗斯大使进行对话的主要人物——基斯利亚克本人、几名现任和前任美国官员表示，两人在竞选期间和交接阶段一直保持着联系。
But the extent and frequency of their contacts remains unclear, and the disclosure of the meeting at Trump Tower adds to the emerging picture of how the relationship between Trump’s incoming team and Moscow was evolving to include some of the president-elect’s most trusted advisers.
The White House has sought to play down any connections with Kislyak. Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged this week that he had met twice with him during the campaign, despite previous denials.
The New Yorker reported this week that Kushner had met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December. Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman, confirmed Thursday that Flynn was also at the meeting.
《纽约客》(The New Yorker)本周报道了库什纳曾在去年12月与基斯利亚克会面。白宫女发言人霍普·希克斯(Hope Hicks)周四证实，弗林也参加了那次会面。
It is common and not improper for transition officials to meet with foreign officials. But all meetings between Trump associates and Russians are now significant as the FBI investigates Russian interference in the U.S. election and whether anyone close to Trump’s campaign was involved.
The meeting in December came just as the Obama White House was preparing to sanction Russia and publicly make its case that Moscow had interfered with the 2016 election.
“They generally discussed the relationship and it made sense to establish a line of communication,” Hicks said. “Jared has had meetings with many other foreign countries and representatives — as many as two dozen other foreign countries’ leaders and representatives.”
The Trump Tower meeting lasted 20 minutes, and Kushner has not met since with Kislyak, Hicks said.