2016 ELECTION/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I have nothing to do with Russia — haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years, don’t speak to people from Russia,” President Trump said during a press conference on Feb. 16.
But it seems Trump did meet the Russian ambassador during the campaign.
On Tuesday [3-7-17], AmericaBlog pointed out that both Newsmax and The Wall Street Journal reported in May 2016 that then-candidate Trump met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
We don’t know what they talked about or even how long they spent together. But The Wall Street Journal said Trump ‘warmly greeted’ Kislyak…
It’s not illegal or problematic for the two to greet one another or even hold a conversation. But this is another instance of the White House not disclosing contacts between Trump or his campaign members and Russian officials.”

Lauren Stephenson, “Trump’s Links To Russian Officials In Question Again,” Newsy.com, March 7, 2017