Trump's Press Conference With Putin Isn't Going Over Well...With Republicans

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 3:40 PM
Trump's Press Conference With Putin Isn't Going Over Well...With Republicans

President Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't going over well with Republicans on Capitol Hill. 

Congressman Trey Gowdy

I am confident former CIA Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DNI Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russia interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success.  

House Speaker Paul Ryan

There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostle to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply troubled by President Trump's defense of Putin against the intelligence agencies of the U.S.  and his suggestion of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia. Russia poses a grave threat to our national security.

 House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce

I disagree with the president’s comments. There is simply no comparing the actions of the United States and Vladimir Putin. While the United States promotes democracy and human rights, Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine, backed Assad’s gas attacks on the Syrian people, and used cyber-attacks and propaganda campaigns to undermine our democracy. Putin’s actions, and his alone, are why U.S.-Russia relations are at a low point.

As we approach the November midterm elections, it is critical that Putin understand he will pay a steep price for any further interference in our democratic process. Congress has provided important tools to hold Russia accountable for its meddling. The administration needs to use them to the fullest extent.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger 

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Ben Sasse

This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.

There were many more. You get the idea.