The Trump administration isn’t the first to have unsanctioned dealings with Russia.
Amid reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the White House – which he seemingly confirmed on Tuesday – the John F. Kennedy Library revealed that the former president once had to reprimand his own mother for tangling with the country’s leader.
According to the library, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was collecting signatures from dignitaries and world leaders – like President Dwight D. Eisenhower – in 1962 when she reached out to then Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev for an autographed photo.
After Khrushchev obliged her request, Rose sent the images to her son and asked him to add his own signature.
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Responding through a letter, the then-president wrote, “Would you be sure to let me know in the future any contacts you have with heads of state, etc. concerning requests for pictures, signatures, etc. Requests of this nature are subject to interpretations and therefore I would like to have you clear them before they are sent.”
In her own response back, Rose teased her son – who had just handled the Cuban Missile Crisis – “When I ask for [Fidel] Castro’s autograph, I shall let you know in advance!”
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On Tuesday, Trump addressed the reports surrounding his conversations with the Russian ambassador on Twitter, contradicting denials by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he wrote is a series of tweets. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”