U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to brag about economic gains, all the while a storm was quickly brewing regarding allegations about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ communication with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
The President’s tweet came a day after the Dow shot through the 21,000 mark for the first time following his speech to Congress.
Trump wrote in a tweet,
“Since November 8th, Election Day, the Stock Market has posted $3.2 trillion in GAINS and consumer confidence is at a 15 year high. Jobs!”
Since November 8th, Election Day, the Stock Market has posted $3.2 trillion in GAINS and consumer confidence is at a 15 year high. Jobs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2017
On Tuesday night, the President addressed Congress and said that he wanted to boost the American economy through the use of “massive” tax relief and a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure. These bets have helped Wall Street hit new highs since the election.
However, all the while, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was under fire for his contact with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign.
According to a report by the Washington Post citing Justice Department officials, one of the contacts was a private meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Sessions’s office in September, during a time when U.S. intelligence officials say was the height of a cyber campaign by Russia to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.
Sessions spoke with Kislyak at least one other time in July of 2016, when the then-senator was a senior member of the Armed Services Committee of the Senate and one of Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisers. He formally joined the Trump campaign in February 2016.
The former Alabama Senator did not disclose the encounters when he was asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Russia during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. Attorney General.
A spokesperson for Sessions said that Sessions was acting in his official capacity as a member of the Armed Services Committee, not as a member of the Trump campaign, when he spoke with Russia’s ambassador. “There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokesperson.