Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands
President Donald Trump on Feb. 18 responded to the revelation that Russian nationals had used fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States.
On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for using fake social media accounts to sow discord in the United States and undermine confidence in the electoral systems.
The Russian nationals had made preparations for their campaign in 2014 and carried out their actions in 2016 and after the elections.
The Russians’ actions primarily focussed on creating social media pages that supported certain hot-button issues, such as immigration, or black lives matter, and using them to create deeper wedges in society.
According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Russian efforts did not involve any collusion with Americans, nor did it change the outcome of the elections.
It did, however, add to partisan divisions in the United States.
The methods reflect Soviet-era subversion strategies designed to destabilize societies by driving opposing groups into conflict and to cause the population to lose faith in its institutions.
“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Feb. 18.