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Who Is The ‘Old-Style Soviet Type’ Ambassador Who Keeps Getting Trump’s Team In Trouble?
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn misrepresented details of a call with him and had to resign as national security advisor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with him twice during the presidential campaign, and has now recused himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the election. Who is this man that keeps getting Trump administration officials in trouble, just by meeting with them amid these tense times with Russia? Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.
Kislyak cut his teeth as an expert on disarmament in the former Soviet Union. He served as an envoy to the United States during the final years of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. From 1998 to 2003, Kislyak was Russia’s ambassador to Belgium, a role that also made him Russia’s top envoy to NATO.
Kislyak has been Russian ambassador to the United States for nine years, an “unusually long spell,” according to one CNN profile.
CNN also cited anonymous officials in the U.S. intelligence apparatus, who described Kislyak as “a top spy and recruiter of spies.”
The Kremlin has vigorously denied this claim, calling Kislyak “a world-class diplomat,” in the same CNN report.
We certainly know that Kislyak’s calls and other communiqués are regularly intercepted by U.S. intelligence; that’s how the real details of his call with Flynn got out.
In December, amid revelations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, then-President Barack Obama expelled 35 of Kislyak’s fellow diplomats from the United States.
Kislyak’s former counterpart Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, has called Kislyak "effective and experienced," adding, "You're never confused about what country he's representing."
For his part, Sessions said, “I thought he was pretty much of an old-style Soviet type,” in a press conference describing their September meeting in Session’s Senate office.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Kislyak as the U.S. ambassador to Russia. He is the Russian ambassador to the United States. (Updated: 3/6/2017; 9:10 pm)
Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Joshua Kaleb Watson has been identified as one of the victims of a shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, CBS News reported.
The 23-year-old Alabama native and Naval Academy graduate was named to the Academy's prestigious Commandant's and Dean's lists, and also competed on the rifle team, Alabama's WTVY reported.
NAS Pensacola shooter railed against the US and quoted Osama bin Laden online hours before the attack
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that monitors online extremism.
Federal investigators have not disclosed any motive behind the attack, which unfolded at dawn on Friday when the Saudi national is said to have began firing a handgun inside a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.
NAS Pensacola shooter reportedly hosted a 'dinner party' to watch mass shooting videos the week before the attack
The Saudi military officer who shot and killed 3 people at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday reportedly hosted a "dinner party" the week before the attack "to watch videos of mass shootings," the Associated Press reports, citing an unnamed U.S. official.
The Minnesota National Guard has released the names of the three soldiers killed in Thursday's helicopter crash.