Fox News’ Jake Tapper on Friday said that Russian state-run media is “absolutely” being used to promote the 2016 election in the US.
Tapper said that he and former President Barack Obama discussed the matter during their two terms.
He said that Tapper’s suggestion that the media has been trying to help Trump is “ridiculous.”
The former president suggested that “people in the White House and in the Trump administration were saying that the Russians were trying to tilt the election in Trump’s favor, and that’s what we should be focusing on.”
Tapper suggested that it was an attempt to “disrupt the election process, which we know to be fake.”
Taps campaign manager and former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted Friday that Tappers tweet was “completely wrong” and that it has no basis in fact.
Pfeffer said that Russia’s state-owned Sputnik News network is known to be anti-Trump and has a history of “failing to keep the facts straight.”
“It’s completely wrong and irresponsible,” Pfeffer wrote.
“We are not trying to undermine or mislead you.”
A spokesperson for Sputnickin also confirmed to Fox News that the outlet is “not a propaganda outlet.”
Pfeffers tweet has been shared more than 10,000 times, according to Twitter data.
Taps spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the former president’s tweet “mischaracterized the conversation.”