Trump claims Russian Facebook ads part of ‘hoax’ against him

Trump claims Russian Facebook ads part of ‘hoax’ against him

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President Donald Trump, shown with his son Donald Trump Jr. on Jan. 11 at Trump Tower in New York at the then-president-elect's first news conference after getting elected, says he had no knowledge of his son meeting with an Russian lawyer untill "the last couple of days," the White House said Monday. (Luke Vargas/TMN)

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that attention paid to ads purchased on Facebook by Russian actors is part of a “Russian hoax” surrounding the investigation into his 2016 campaign.

The tweet comes the day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would release relevant information and content of 3,000 ads purchased by Russian actors amid the 2016 election to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Zuckerberg also said that the company has shared the ads with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump accused the U.S. media of trying to sway the election toward Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump and his administration have repeatedly referred to stories that have questioned the validity of his election win last November as a “hoax” or witch hunt.”

While a report from the intelligence community released in the waning days of the Obama administration found that Russia intervened in last year’s election with the goal of aiding Trump, the President has questioned its conclusion.

“Well, I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people and other countries,” Trump said during a press conference in Poland last month. “Nobody really knows for sure.”

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