'Defended a Tyrant': McCain, GOP Lawmakers Rip Trump Over 'Tragic' Putin Summit

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

Following his press conference with President Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down Monday with Fox News' Chris Wallace for an exclusive interview.

Although the summit was described by Trump as "a very constructive day" and by Putin as "first important step", questions from reporters about the alleged meddling with USA elections by Russian Federation still highlighted the post-summit press conference. "That is a signal that determines, 'I am the one in power and you are the submissive one, '" she said. "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning".

In a series of tweets, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump's actions had "strengthened our adversaries while weakening our defences and those of our allies".

Having served on active duty, I feel nauseous thinking about Trump's statements.

"Russia shouldn't invade its neighbors and should move out of countries it's invaded. Why wouldn't we want to get along with Russian Federation?" said Robertson. Today, Trump learned that no matter what political party, US citizens prefer that their president side with the USA instead of with a dictator.

Mr Trump has been slammed for the comments he made at a press conference after the two leaders had met, in which he appeared to take the side of Mr Putin and Russian Federation over his own Federal Bureau of Investigation in regard to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "I think we're all to blame", the president, standing next to Putin, said during the news conference.

If there was a bright side, it's this: It might be the only way for some Americans to understand just how alarmed they should be about their president's perspective on Russian Federation.

Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said United States spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago - an assessment that Trump refused to endorse in Helsinki.

Mr Coats added that Russian Federation remained behind "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

"Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election are disgraceful".

Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), whose Twitter presence we once praised for being "a beacon of light in the post-election darkness", also had strong words-but he apparently omitted the strongest ones.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people". Trump attacked Mueller at the press conference when he said, "the probe is a disaster for our country". "However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!" The comments received strong criticism across the media world and even by some Republican members of Congress.

However, he told The New York Times that it was "totally wrong" for Trump to say there was "moral equivalency between the United States and Russian Federation".

"To all our allies: there are still many of us in Congress that know Russian Federation is not just an adversary to the United States but to freedom loving people everywhere", he added.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump's performance would send a message of "weakness" to Moscow.

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