Trump’s administration let a Russian spy chief visit the US even though he was legally barred

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Last week the Trump administration let a Russian foreign spy chief meet with U.S. intelligence officials. This meeting happened even though there is a sanction that should have barred him from entering the U.S. This was confirmed by two U.S. sources.

Sergey Naryshkin is the director of the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service. He met with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other U.S. intelligence officials.



The Russian Embassy tweeted about Naryshkin’s visit. It linked a state-run ITAR-Tass news report stating that Naryshkin and the U.S. intelligence officials talked about “joint struggle against terrorism.”

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Naryshkin was sanctioned by the Obama administration in 2014 for Russia invading Ukraine.

He was on a “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” list that should have been monitored by the Treasury Department.



This move made Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the administration to “immediately come clean and answer questions – which U.S. officials did he meet with? Did any White House or National Security Council official meet with Naryshkin? What did they discuss?”

Naryshkin’s visit comes a day after the report about how Trump refuses to issue a list of companies and people that will be sanctioned for doing business with Russian entities that have been blacklisted.

 

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