Senate Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ripped Trump for embarrassing America during his meeting with Putin.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Schumer said:
While a few good things came out of this summit, overall it was an embarrassment to our country and our ideals. Clearly the lowest moment of all was his meeting with Vladimir Putin, on several counts.
As our Intelligence Community has unanimously concluded – and as the American people agree – the President of Russia clearly and deliberately interfered in our elections and sought to undermine and destabilize our democracy. Rather than decisively confronting the Russian President head on, the President seemed to acquiesce to Putin’s denial, almost certainly paving the way for future Russian interference in our elections.
There were other low and embarrassing points as well. President Trump agreeing with Putin to form a so called working group on cyber security is like police officers and bank robbers agreeing to form a working group on bank robberies. And when President Putin and President Trump both laughed at and mocked the free press in unison, President Trump is coming uncomfortably close to accepting the same kind of authoritarian and autocratic norms in our society that Putin relishes in his.
It’s clear that President Trump is not willing to be the guardian of American interests when it comes to dealing with Putin. The House of Representatives has no choice but to step in and fill that void by passing our tough, bipartisan sanctions bill to finally punish Russia for their intrusion in our 2016 elections.
Trump made it clear during his meeting with Putin that he is going to act in his own personal interest, not the interest of the United States. It is in Trump’s interest to cave to Putin because of the Russia investigation. The last thing that Trump needs is the Russian government ever coming clean and spilling the goods about what happened during the 2016 election.
The President also appears to have borrowed money for Russia in the past, so he has a personal financial interest in keeping Putin happy. Trump looked like Putin’s stooge, and his performance was a disgrace that showed why his presidency is the biggest internal threat to the nation since the Civil War.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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