People attending the Conservative Political Action Conference could be seen waving small Russian flags emblazoned with the word “Trump” during President Trump’s speech.
It appeared to be a prank. CPAC workers quickly began to collect the flags after they were being waved.
Snapchat’s Peter Hamby captured some of the action in a tweet:
Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them. pic.twitter.com/YhPpkwFCNc
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 24, 2017
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) February 24, 2017
Trump’s ties to Russia have dominated the news during his nascent presidency.
The intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential election to help Trump, and Hillary Clinton’s Democratic campaign has blamed Moscow for her loss.
Just last week, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after leaks about his own discussions with Russian officials.
ALI BRELAND AND TAYLOR LORENZ