Trump uses Facebook exec comments on Russia meddling to criticize 'Fake News Media'

Trump uses Facebook exec comments on Russia meddling to criticize 'Fake News Media'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE on Saturday invoked the words of a Facebook executive in criticizing the media’s reporting on the new Russian indictments.

Rob Goldman, Facebook’s vice president of ads, posted a series of tweets reiterating what the social media giant had discovered in recent months about Russian efforts to interfere with the election using the platform.

“The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election,” Goldman tweeted. “We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump [sic] and the election.”

The president retweeted Goldman’s statement, writing, “The Fake News Media never fails. Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman!”

According to a Facebook release from October, 56 percent of the ads purchased by Russian operatives were done so after the election. The indictment released Friday names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups, and accuses them of criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, among other charges.

The defendants worked to “sow discord” and distrust in democracy among American voters by promoting Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign and disparaging Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US AIPAC cancels 2021 policy conference due to COVID-19 GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Trump asserts his power over Republicans National security adviser says foreign powers trying to exploit US race relations MORE (R-Fla.) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE’s campaigns, according to the indictment.


Trump also retweeted Goldman’s assertion that the goal of Russian meddling was not “swaying the election.”

“Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election.  I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal,” Goldman wrote.

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Schumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests MORE said Friday that the indictments do not contain any allegations that the interference changed the outcome of the election. Trump has long referred to the investigation into Russia's election meddling as a "hoax," but has since latched on to Friday's indictments and Rosenstein's comments as proof that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians. The investigation is ongoing.

Friday’s indictments further detailed the operatives’ efforts to spread false information during the election process and to organize voters using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.