On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted a picture of Senator Chuck Schumer alongside Vladimir Putin to mock the Democrats’ latest attacks against the Trump administration. Moments later, he tweeted another picture of Nancy Pelosi sitting at a table with Russian leaders and called for an “immediate investigation.”
“We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!” Trump tweeted, alongside a picture of Schumer and Putin eating donuts.
A bit later, he tweeted a similar sentiment against Pelosi.
“I hearby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,” Trump said.
Schumer tweeted back within a half hour of Trump’s first tweet regarding him and Putin.
“Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in ’03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team?” Schumer tweeted.
“And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts,” Schumer added.
The picture is from September 26, 2003 when Schumer and Putin visited the Russian-based Lukoil gas station on the West Side of Manhattan. Putin’s trip was specifically geared towards visiting Lukoil’s expansion in the United States. Newsday reported in 2003 that the two met at the gas station and Schumer “steered” Putin towards the donuts. They also reported that Putin “devoured a glazed Krispy Kreme with delight.”
The tension between the Democrats and the Trump administration comes after Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was criticized for meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and subsquently recused himself from any further investigations into Russia’s involvement in meddling with the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.