The Trump campaign reportedly granted permission to its national security adviser Carter Page to deliver a controversial speech in Moscow in July 2016, according to USA Today.
Page confirmed he asked the campaign for permission in June. Campaign management cleared him as long as he acted as a private citizen and not a representative of the campaign.
“I’m confirming that information,” Page told USA TODAY when asked about getting approval from the campaign.
According to Politico, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski approved Page's trip to Russia, after J.D. Gordon, his supervisor on the campaign's National Security Advisory Committee, advised strongly against it.
But in an interview with USA Today, Lewandowski denied granting Page permission to travel there.
“I'm very clear about this," he said. "I granted nobody permission to do that," he said Monday.
Lewandowski was less defiant in an interview with Politico.
“Is it possible that he emailed me asking if he could go to Russia as a private citizen? I don’t remember that, but I probably got 1,000 emails a day at that time, and I can’t remember every single one that I was sent. And I wouldn’t necessarily remember if I had a one-word response to him saying he could do something as a private citizen,” he said Tuesday.
Page's speech drew scrutiny for his strong rhetoric on U.S. foreign policy. He expressed his opposition to America's sanctions against Russia and described aspects of U.S. foreign policy as "hypocritical."
He then resigned from the campaign in September 2016 amid controversy.