President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an old photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N) with Russian President Vladimir Putin, writing there should be an investigation into Schumer “and his ties to Russia and Putin.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
“We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin,” the tweet reads. “A total hypocrite!”
The photo captures a scene from a 2003 meeting between Schumer and Putin to mark the occasion of New York’s first Lukoil gas station opening. The two are shown eating Krispy Kreme donuts, according to the AP photo caption.
The photo has been circulated on conservative news sites over the last few days, after Schumer called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign following revelations that Sessions met twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before the election.
The photo of Schumer and Putin was leading the conservative aggregator Drudge Report at the time of Trump’s tweet.
Schumer responded in a quote tweet, saying that he’s happy to talk about his conversation with 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? https://t.co/yXgw3U8tmQ
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017