Jack Kingston lands in Russia as hacking claims dominate news coverage

Russia’s alleged hacking of the U.S. election system has caused quite a bit of Washington hand-wringing in recent days, but that hasn’t stopped one former Georgia congressman from heading to Moscow.

NPR reports that ex-Savannah U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who served as a top Donald Trump surrogate during the election, was in Russia earlier this week to brief American businesspeople there about what they could expect from the incoming Trump administration. He said he was not there to meet with officials from the Russian government.

A topic of conversation was the U.S.’s sanctions against Moscow. Kingston told the public radio giant that Trump is open to reconsidering them:

“Trump can look at sanctions. They’ve been in place long enough. Has the desired result been reached? He doesn’t have to abide by the Obama foreign policy. That gives him a fresh start.”

When asked earlier this year about his position on Russia and the Crimea, Trump said he “would be looking at that.” Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula previously held by Ukraine led to western governments levying new penalties against Russian.

A Kingston spokeswoman said the Savannah Republican was in Russia on business for his lobbying firm and not on duty for Trump. She described it as a routine post-election meeting.

Kingston’s visit East comes as revelations of how Russian hackers allegedly penetrated many of the country’s political institutions to impact the outcome of the election were splashed across the front pages of major newspapers and Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, was being scrutinized for his past business deals with Russia. The ExxonMobil CEO has billions of dollars tied up in agreements with Russia that can only go forward if the U.S. drops the sanctions.

Kingston also posted some amusing pictures from his trip on his Twitter page:

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Tim Pope
Tim Pope

Another Georgia boy goes bad! What does Putin want, and what do his maneuvers mean?

Mary Moseley Greene
Mary Moseley Greene

I'm sure he Is meeting with Putin to hatch a plan to kidnap Hillary and force her to say " I love Donald Trump!!"

Lorraine Jordan
Lorraine Jordan

The same Jack Kingston that wanted children of Georgia who eat free lunch to clean the school for their lunch. But Jack Kingston got THOUSANDS of \U0001f4b2\U0001f4b2\U0001f4b2 from Tax Payers to pay for his lunch. REPUBLICANS are some nasty SOB's.

Renee B Fraser
Renee B Fraser

Oooooooo... now that's scary......step back on the porch snowflake before you melt.

James Campbell
James Campbell

Yeah, the Russians are a bunch of Mafia types and they stink. The overwhelming media types shout from the housetops that they manipulated our election. NOT THE CASE. They only put the spotlight on what was being said and done by the Hillary campaign. Hillary defeated Hillary by her own conduct. THE RUSSIANS DID NOT STRONG ARM ANYONE INTO VOTING FOR TRUMP. They've been doing this hacking for years, and Hillary supporters are trying to blame her loss on someone else.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

so you don't agree with the patriots who risk their lives every day in the intelligence world that Russia had influence over the elections ? I guess your Trumpfenfuhrer told you so....\U0001f644

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

How convenient for him to be in Russia now?

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

I guess Jackoff Kingston is over there getting the marching orders from Putin.

Cheryl Hicks
Cheryl Hicks

I would think that with our country getting better now and Russia being the country it is we could work together and make great things happen. I just don't get all these Debbie Downers???

Ria Austin
Ria Austin

This man is so desperate, it is laughable!

Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

Surrogate ? I guess that makes me one as well. Much better than a hilary partner in crime. Come on AJC the Trump train is leaving the station you better get in board or be left behind. Your paying subscribers are dwindling and if not for coupons and a business section you would be nothing more the bird toilet paper.

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

You are not in the majority. More people voted for Clinton. Get over it.

Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

Billy Wilson yes and thank God our founding fathers did not always want a majority rule. Think about it. You can think right? Oh wait you support hilary sorry that removes the idea that you can think. As for my comment about the AJC being bird toilet paper I think Ga has spoken out on that by not buying the crappy fake news rag. By the way if the majority ruled the minority's would have no say so . But idiot libs don't think about that they only wet their paints when things don't go their way. Grow up Billy it's time to put away your diapers and get your big boy paints on. Trump won you get over it.

Carroll Myers
Carroll Myers

Stay in Russia - we don't want you back in Georgia.

Ronnie Garrison
Ronnie Garrison

did he carry a "reset" button or did he whisper "after the election I will have more flexibility."

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Just curious. Why do you snowflakes consider Russia to be so bad? Did the fake news convince you? Or maybe the Bond movies? I got it! Red Dawn? That's it.

Brooke McArthur
Brooke McArthur

These arent liberal talking points. They have been the discussion points of international news for the last 15-20 years. You think the American military looks kindly on Russians almost causing collisions and downing our pilots in hostile territory? I guess if you think that's ok you don't really support our men and women in uniform do you? These are American concerns and have been long before this election. Assassination of assets under our ally Britain's protection isn't a God $&@: partisan concern.

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Joe Fincher, it is inconceivable to me that an American doesn't understand what it means to be head of the KGB. How ignorant can one Georgian be? I guess you've demonstrated it. For you, ignorant is a compliment. nt.

Omar Khalid
Omar Khalid

"Trump will be respected by Putin." Uh no. He will be used by Putin. Trump is mentally deficient child playing chess with a world champion, and, as usual, gambling with someone else's money. Your level of ignorance on this issue is astonishing.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

I didn't suppose any of you dense libs would have an answer. It's just a simple question.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

I can see now over the next eight years dense democrats like Billy Wilson and Phil Woodhall will have to be educated on what it means to make deals for the benefit of the United States. I suppose when you're use to having a feckless president willing to bow down to every world leader having strong leadership is taboo to you dems. Hopefully you'll both catch on.

Omar Khalid
Omar Khalid

Just curious as to why you don't seem to have any knowledge of who Vladimir Putin is. And if you want to see a real snowflake, just look at DJT Rump's twit feed. Wah wah wah!

Omar Khalid
Omar Khalid

I can get links for you when I get home Joe. From non "alt-right" sources. But I have a simple question for you as well: are you genuinely interested in learning anything? Even republican presidents Reagan, Bush, & Bush Jr. were acutely aware of what a menace Putin is. I wonder why you don't...

Don Brewer
Don Brewer

Omar Khalid He doesn't because Trump has not told him it's ok yet!

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

Are you kidding Joe? Putin and his Russia invaded Crimea and look at the atrocities they have committed in Syria. Your own Reagan said it was the "evil empire".

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

The problem with you Omar Khalid is that you are only interested in learning what the next great left-wing talking point is. The thing you people don't realize is that Trump will be respected by Putin. So if we can develop a relationship with Russia to fight the war with radical islam it will be beneficial to both countries.

Brooke McArthur
Brooke McArthur

Well there was the guy he had executed on British soil. It could be the time he invaded the Ukraine over their objections. It could be that every time the President of the United States visits Alaska Russians warplanes violate our airspace there. Or that their pilots put our at risk in warzones by playing chicken. Or that Russian journalists are routinly jailed or wind up murdered if they speak ill of Putin. Russian singers and artists are also jailed for their politics. Or that the Russian government is incredibly corrupt and the wealth (to the tune of billions) of the nation is stolen to lined the pockets of Putin and his government officials. On the plus side he's a huge supporter of conserving wildlife. But hey what do I know? I only been keeping up with the international news over my morning coffee for years. I guess that makes me a special snowflake too \U0001f644

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Wow Brooke McArthur you've got the left-wing talking points down perfectly. I hope the dnc sends you a Christmas card. Oh wait. A holiday card.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Do you think this happens during the last adminstration. No it started happening during the last eight years because we currently have a spineless feckless leader that won't do anything about it. Putin was virtually retired during President Bushs last term because he was afraid. He laughs at obama!

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

That, of course is you're incoherent opinion. Not based on a shred of evidence or facts. And certainly not reality. Trumps never been used by anyone. Why should he start now? You libs are so belligerent it's sad how you people want to see our president fail.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

Why is it now the thing to call facts or reporting with which you disagree, "fake." That detracts from the serious issue of actually fake news, like stories that send armed loonies into pizza parlors to "investigate" and discharge their weapon.

Ryan Padgett
Ryan Padgett

We need to make peace and alliance with Russia.

Tina Lamar
Tina Lamar

I guess Jack Kingston went over at the be hest of Drumpf to thank him for a job well done on the election interference.

David Harris
David Harris

I'd bet Russia likes his idea to have the poor children mop the floors of State funded buildings. Didn't go over well in Savannah Ga

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

That's great that we now have leaders willing to develop relationships with other nation superpowers. I wouldn't say the last eight years of bowing down as a real relationship.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Obviously it must sting. I suppose the reason is because the label fits perfectly.

Chee Hill
Chee Hill

Russia is NOT our friend. Wake up!

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

Did you say that about Cuba? I didn't think so.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Communist dictatorship Cuba. Yeah seems logical to criticize. Russia is a constitutional republic.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Wow. The snowflakes disliked my post. So why now is our feckless president talking tough about Russia. He certainly wasn't before the 2012 election when he told Russian President Medvedev he'd be more flexible after the election. Hence the bow down comment that perfectly fits

John Bertrand
John Bertrand

Do you really think that Russia wants to be our ally? Many many great American men died by the hands of Russia in the World Wars. What is wrong with you?

Chee Hill
Chee Hill

Joe, and why did he say he'd be more flexible? Context!

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Nobody bowed down in the last 8 years...nobody...but if you want to praise Putin, you need to know what he's up to...and it's NOT in the favor of the US. He knows how to get around his Puppet with shallow praise and threats to his Russian investments. Here's a bit of what we know, as of July 2016: "There is strong evidence that Trump’s businesses have received significant funding from Russian investors. Most notably, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made that very claim at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, saying “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”"

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Good luck with your delusions. Open a history book on Russia..they have a penchant for dysfunction that keeps them decades behind everyone else. Another non-military, non-Cold War experiencing 'Murican claiming Reagan as a demigod but ignorantly veing suckered by a KGB officer and his POTUS Puppet.

Prince Phillips
Prince Phillips

This post was damn ignorant. Russia isn't trying to be bossom buddies idiot!!!

Frank Black
Frank Black

And yet you voted for the orange snowflake who has to have a Twitter tantrum every time he gets triggered. Irony is lost on simpletons.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Yes the irony is lost that just a few simple words from a tweet makes liberals howl at the moon. Go find your safe space Frank Black and maybe blow some bubbles.

Brooke McArthur
Brooke McArthur

I wonder if snowflake will be the word of the year. It certainly does get thrown around by people who like to be insultingly unoriginal.

Jean E Graham
Jean E Graham

You are the same hypocrites that criticize President Obama for trying to have a relationship with Cuba

Frank Black
Frank Black

"I'll just relish in the fact that my intellect is obviously superior THAN yours." \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Sam Nicholas Wow poor libflake. I assume you're just as delicate as your counterparts even if your claim of being ex-military is true. Perhaps you should stop watching the news and taking all this fake news seriously. It really don't take much to get you libflakes in a tizzy does it? It's sad you people won't step in to reality.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

This 'snowflake' comes from a long military history on both sides....your Fuhrer comes from the Kaiser's Drumpfs and NOT ONE has EVER served in the US mililtary. Trump's daddy even harrassed vets newly home from war. There's your snowflake, take solace in being a commie-snowflake.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Sam Nicholas Can you please provide a link to where he's assassinated his opposition. Not from a fake news site either.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

PBS? That bastion of objective journalism. Listen sport. I realize you're obviously not very astute on politics or what goes on in the world so my advise to you is to inform yourself with more than just propaganda media. Which honestly most of it is propaganda. And since you're incapable of providing any evidence I'll just relish in the fact that my intellect is obviously superior than yours. But really considering you're an obvious liberal that's really not much of a feat.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

True Fascism is just that, it's looking at the any part of the media that might tell you what you don't want to hear as somehow being part of some establishment it's stupid and it makes you all look insecure it also makes you all look paranoid .

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Sam Nicholas Again you fail to provide anything of substance. And I'm certain that considering your clear lack of understanding of how to use proper grammar that a six figure salary for you is simply not possible. Poor poor libflake.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Frank Black Doubtful. Just doubtful. But I'll admit its pure joy watching you libflakes relish in defeat. It' uncanny and just downright laughable. But I'm thinking after the serious thrashing that'll almost certainly happen with up to a dozen senate seats in 2018 then perhaps maybe the realization will finally hit.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

True Fascism is just that, it's looking at the any part of the media that might tell you what you don't want to hear as somehow being part of some establishment it's stupid and it makes you all look insecure it also makes you all look paranoid . Again, I'm not going to do your homework for you, if you're too stupid to crack open a book or use that smart phone (because it is a smart phone and it's meant to look up information not just to be able to go on Facebook for news from the alt-right mothership), i'm sure even fox idiot news has done a little piece or two on Putin. I will relish in watching for Hitler have to deal with something called Congress and just because you all hold a majority doesn't mean it's a solid strong one there are a lot of never Trumper's and good luck getting anything that you all want paid for like that wall or all those corporate tax breaks that they already get . your fewer is trying to start a war because that's the only way he's going to get Americans guaranteed into factory job unfortunately those very same Americans of the same ones that will send off their sons and daughters because no son of mine will be fighting anymore for Donald Trump... I would've gladly given him up for George W. Bush if I had to..never ever for Trump and his sissified limpwristed, thumbsucking sons.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Sam Nicholas Again poor libflake Sam you fail to realize that the media pushes a narrative. Perhaps sometimes its true but most times its not. Its all in what their particular worldview is at the time. I think any honest person would agree that 90-95% of the media are libs. And that includes your frightful Fox News! So quite honestly it don't take a rocket scientist to figure out what direction they will try and spin a news story. Unfortunately for the dense they end up gobbling up the fake news hook line and sinker. Hence the reason we even have a dem party at all.

Frank Black
Frank Black

Once again for retard Joe: "I'll just relish in the fact that my intellect is obviously superior THAN yours." \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602