On the day of the Inauguration, the Trump transition team denies rumors that “hundreds of Russian officials,” bussed in to Washington area hotels overnight, will surreptitiously attend the ceremony and private receptions as guests of honor.
“This is classic fake news,” declared Sean Spicer, Trump’s choice for press secretary. “No invitations were issued, no special meetings or ceremonies are scheduled, and we have no contact with or direct knowledge of Russian officials attending.”
While separate reports from journalists, hotel personnel, and private citizens suggest otherwise, precisely this kind of fake news story has gone viral and gained international attention numerous times during the run-up to the election. One report, not exposed as a fraud until months after its debut, famously reported tour busses that allegedly brought hundreds to protesters and disrupters to a Trump rally in Austin, TX.
“The fact that people are willing — make that eager — to embrace such nonsense speaks volumes about the level of delusion and desperation in the Democrat camp,” Spicer said. Pressed about similar stories aimed at Democrats, Spicer resisted drawing conclusion, pointing out that “I wasn’t involved with the campaign back then.”
Natasha Fatale at the Russian embassy in Washington noted that Russian visitors to the Capital were commonplace year-round. “And of course we Russians, like people everywhere, are fascinated by and interested in the new American President. We expect wonderful new things from his administration, and are looking forward to a brand new era in international affairs.”