Mueller's report on the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election shows that one Internet Research AgencyControlled by his Facebook account boasts that Donald Trump's official Facebook page shares photos of an event she has organized.
"Mr. Trump wrote about our event in Miami!" Writes the account run by the IRA in a private message to an American Activist Tea Party. "It's great!"
The IRA employee included a screenshot of Trump's message in the message. As seen above, the message is still active on the president's Facebook page.
The account, which was published as an American activist under the name "Matt Skiber", was previously mentioned in of more than a dozen Russians and three companies, including the IRA, which sought to sow discord in the United States. using social media during the 2016 election.
The images included in Trump's message come from one of the rallies organized by the IRA "Florida Goes Trump", which took place on August 20, 2016 and which was also mentioned in the IRA. charge of February 2018.
The IRA paid to advertise Florida events on Facebook and Instagram, organized local activists to volunteer and Build a cage at the back of a flatbed truck and have a person dressed as Hillary Clinton in prison uniform performing inside.
According to the Mueller report, the IRA would initiate contacts with Trump campaigners as early as June 2016 with the aim of "coordinating the pro-Trump rallies of the IRA in the United States". The troll farm supported by the Russian state would require signs and other materials to be distributed at such events. The IRA also solicited the help of the Trump campaign to coordinate and promote the rallies.
Among other pro-Trump rallies organized by the IRA, there are three events in New York and a series of rallies in Pennsylvania, just one month before the elections.
The report makes it clear that it was not discovered that the Trump campaign included requests from foreign nationals. "The investigation revealed that in all cases concerning these events, the IRA presented itself as the United States, activists and conservative organizations when they contact the Trump campaign.
Earlier reports have established that Russian trolls, using accounts supposed to be from the United States. activists or popular organizations, had organized political rallies. Facebook events created by the IRA have targeted everyone, from Trump supporters to activists.
A major point Skeptics about Russia's interference in the 2016 election focused on the effectiveness of its operation of influence on social media. One thing we know now, though, is that one person has definitely cracked up: whoever was running Donald Trump's official Facebook account during his presidential campaign.