U.S. lawmakers denounced President Donald Trump’s assembly and joint information convention with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “unacceptable” and a “shameful second for our nice nation.”
The leaders met Monday in Helsinki for a summit hailed as a “superb begin” by Trump. Putin and Trump had fiery responses to questions over Russia’s alleged position within the election in a press convention following their summit.
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“President Putin was extraordinarily sturdy and highly effective in his denial in the present day,” Trump mentioned, later including he doesn’t see “any motive why” Russia would intrude.
The summit started simply hours after Trump blamed the US — and never Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea — for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations.
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“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse,” Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming “a few years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
The Russian international ministry responded by liking Trump’s tweet after which replying: “We agree.”
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Trump additionally referred to as Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the matter a “catastrophe for our nation” throughout the Helsinki press convention.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and former authorities employees, slammed the president following the information convention, with some saying he dedicated treason.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer urged Republicans to take motion following Trump’s speech.
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“The president sided with Vladimir Putin’s denial over the unanimous, unanimous conclusion from the US intelligence neighborhood. He took the phrase of the KGB over the women and men of the CIA,” Sen. Schumer mentioned.
It’s time for Trump to sit down down for an interview with Mueller, Schumer mentioned.
“We’d like solutions, we’d like them now.”
Republican Sen. John McCain mentioned the information convention was “one of the vital disgraceful performances by an American president in reminiscence.”
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“No prior president has ever abased himself extra abjectly earlier than a tyrant,” the Republican mentioned. “Not solely did President Trump fail to talk the reality about an adversary; however talking for America to the world, our president didn’t defend all that makes us who we’re — a republic of free folks devoted to the reason for liberty at dwelling and overseas.”
Fellow Republican and head of the U.S. Senate Overseas Relations Committee Bob Corker mentioned Trump made the U.S. seem like a “pushover.”
“When he had the chance to defend our intelligence businesses who work for him, I used to be very dissatisfied and saddened with the equivalency that he gave between them and what Putin was saying,” he mentioned. “The president’s feedback made us look as a nation extra like a pushover and I used to be dissatisfied in that.”
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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake referred to as Trump’s actions “shameful.”
“I by no means thought I’d see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the US for Russian aggression. That is shameful,” Flake tweeted.
Republican colleague Lindsey Graham mentioned Trump missed a possibility “to firmly maintain Russia accountable for 2016 meddling.”
“This reply by President Trump shall be seen by Russia as an indication of weak point and create way more issues than it solves,” he tweeted.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy mentioned the president’s journey “has simply been one big center finger” to the U.S.
“This complete journey has simply been one big center finger from President Trump to his personal nation. Simply jaw dropping,” he tweeted.
“It is a unhappy, shameful second for our nice nation,” Tim Kaine tweeted.
Former CIA Director John Brennan mentioned Trump’s information convention “was nothing in need of treasonous.”
“Donald Trump’s press convention efficiency in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the brink of ‘excessive crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing in need of treasonous,” he tweeted. “Not solely have been Trump’s feedback imbecilic, he’s wholly within the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: The place are you???”
Putin, talking by way of an interpreter, as soon as once more denied what he described as “so-called interference of Russia.” He referred to as it “nonsense” and insisted the Russian state had by no means interfered and would by no means intrude within the American electoral course of.
After criticism began coming in, Trump tweeted that he did agree with U.S. intelligence, however needed to maneuver ahead as an alternative of specializing in the previous.
“As I mentioned in the present day and lots of occasions earlier than, “I’ve GREAT confidence in MY intelligence folks.” Nonetheless, I additionally acknowledge that to be able to construct a brighter future, we can not completely deal with the previous – because the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we should get alongside!” he wrote.
—with a file from the Related Press
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