With both the FBI and Congress investigating the ties between Trump, his closest advisers, and Russia, it seems that now would be an unwise time for the Trump White House to grant a coveted press pass to a Russian state-owned propaganda network. Nevertheless, the Trump administration appears to be on the cusp of doing just that.
Reports Politico: “The Russian state-owned news website Sputnik has applied for a White House hard pass and is seeking membership in the White House Foreign Press Group in order to become a part of pool rotations…Sputnik, which Foreign Policy magazine described as the ‘BuzzFeed of propaganda,’ would be part of a rotating group of roughly 22 overseas outlets following President Donald Trump in his everyday interactions along with pool reporters from American print, TV, and radio outlets.”
“The site, which was formed by combining former wire services RIA Novosti and the Voice of Russia, has been criticized for being an unvarnished mouthpiece for Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
With the unrelenting praise Donald Trump has lavished upon Vladimir Putin, we are a little surprised that Russia finds it necessary to send over its own propaganda network. Perhaps, given the ongoing federal investigations into Trump, they find it prudent to have a plan B.