Donald Trump claims he “fired” his long-time friend Roger Stone from his campaign in August 2015. But the two remained in contact throughout the campaign. In fact, on March 30, 2016, Stone claimed the two spoke more often than “monthly” but “not every day, not every other day.”
Russia’s actions to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and help then-presidential candidate Donald Trump win were similar to its activities to build a network of far-right political parties and movements in Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin is using this network to advance his policy objectives at home and abroad.