When Tapper asked if Sam Clovis, another former Trump campaign official, was the one to bring him on, Page said, "no comment".
In the CNN interview, Page - who has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticized US sanctions against Russia - refused to say who'd brought him into the Trump campaign, calling that issue irrelevant.
'I mean, it may - topics, I don't remember, ' he said, before suggesting that he would learn along with the rest of the world what he himself had said if the USA government were to release the transcript of his conversations that persuaded a federal FISA Court judge to green-light surveillance of him. The Washington Post reported last night that the Department of Justice sought out and received a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page last summer while he was still connected to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "I've never met Paul Manafort and I've never spoken with him", Page said.
How Page came to be a Trump foreign-policy adviser in the first place remains a point no one on Team Trump has been able to explain.
"Someone may have brought it up".
The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russian Federation, according to the officials.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a FISA court order last summer to investigate Page, as part of its probe investigating Russian influence in last year's presidential election and ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. Parts of the Post report have been confirmed by Fox News. "I was already back from there at the time and actually the Cleveland convention was the week before". Carter, who used to work as an investment banker in Moscow, has not been charged with or even accused of any crimes, and he ridiculed the warrant.
Page has denied holding those meetings and refers to Steele's document as the "Dodgy Dossier".
Trump has 'fantastic' relationship with intel community — Central Intelligence Agency head
He said he believes Trump is completely prepared to hear intelligence that "runs opposite to the hypothesis". Moscow has said that Syrian rebels, rather than the Syrian government, were responsible.
That evidence included contacts in 2013 with Russian spies who tried to recruit Page in New York City.
Page's involvement in the campaign had garnered attention since last summer, though he has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more.
Page told the Post he had "nothing to hide".
"Let's not jump to any conclusions, and until a full investigation has been done, we just don't know", Page said.
At about that time Page was separated from the Trump campaign, said Stephanopoulos, and shortly after that, the FISA court granted the warrant, said Stephanopoulos, asking if Page had any contact with Trump or the campaign since that time.
Page told The Washington Post Tuesday that the surveillance was inappropriate as well as unnecessary.
"That would be ridiculous", said Page.