President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension 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!”
The Fake News Media never fails. Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman! https://t.co/XGC7ynZwYJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
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 SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign and disparaging Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWisconsinites need infrastructure that is built to last Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security MORE (R-Fla.) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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.
“I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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.