WASHINGTON DC – President Trump is facing harsh criticism after comments he made at a press conference Monday, following a meeting the two held in Helsinki, Finland. Critics from both sides of the aisle are pouring it on the president for not being tougher on Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.
The President, his accusers said, appeared to side with Putin over the FBI's accusations that 12 Russian military operators had hacked into several American voting systems in the 2016 elections.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led the conversation via Twitter,"In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way
@realDonaldTrump has supported President Putin."
He went on to suggest the Russians may have some dirt on Trump or his family.
Republican Senator John McCain was equally harsh,"Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world," McCain said.
Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam issued the following statement:
Russia’s interference with our democratic process is appalling and undeniable. The President has a responsibility to not only confront Vladimir Putin for attacking our democracy, but to use all tools available to prevent future acts of aggression that could undermine the cornerstone of our republic – free and fair elections. Vladimir Putin is not our ally – he is a brutal dictator who has undermined our democratic institutions; invaded and continues to illegally occupy the territory of our allies Ukraine and Georgia; and continues to support the massacre of hundreds of thousands in Syria. We must maintain a united front with our partners around the world to confront Russian aggression. Today’s press conference was an affront to American democracy and the Intelligence Community and a victory for Russian propaganda. The President has a duty to hold Vladimir Putin to account.
And provocateur radio host former Congressman Joe Walsh turned up the heat, saying "This is a crisis,
Saw the debacle on TV. Trump is a traitor. end of discussion. He puts down the US and kisses Putin’s ass…. smooootch. Disgusting. vile. Needs to be arrested for Treason. It was televised WORLD WIDE.
I like Trump and Walsh. I spent plenty of time in Soviet Union.
It was run by Atheists.
Russia is run by God fearing people.
Look at Illinois this is bad. The moral values of our state leaders are low.
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All a big “YAWN” to me. I stopped listening to Joe Walsh awhile back after one too many pointless rants.
Schumer must not have paid attention to the Democrat party during the Cold War.
John McCain cannot leave us alone soon enough.
Joe Walsh is a clown. It’s a wonder anyone listens to his cartoonish radio show.
Joe Walsh couldn’t keep his personal life in order so our district was lost to Duckworth. I don’t have great confidence in his opinions.
It was a much better display than bowing to the Chinese or the Saudis. End of discussion.
Walsh is a clown and an embarrassment.
Lincoln said, make your enemy your friend. Trump never gave anything up. Obama’s Iran debacle was traitorous yet all we heard from the commiecrat msm was crickets.
In my opinion, China is to be feared more than Russia. It could be said that Trump is smart to seek good foreign relations with Russia since Russia and China allies. I think Trump is dumb like a fox….
You obviously do not know the scope and meaning of the word “treason”.
Confucius says better to let others think you are stupid rather than open mouth and prove it.
I would have liked for President Trump to put Putin in his place; chastise the little dictator in front of the whole world for all of his trouble-making towards our country. But I don’t see how that would have helped anything. I don’t think President Trump looked weak, and he certainly gave nothing away in their talks. I have been very pleased with our President, and other than trade issues, I feel he has done a great job and I trust him. If he has a plan dealing with Russia, I trust him. It’s not like he gave a country that funds terrorists and chants “Death to America” a plane load of unmarked bills, and billions more to fund their nuclear program.
I remember the 1980’s when Reagan was vilified by the liberal MSM for taking on the Soviet Union. He was to tough and war like, and according to these idiots, we would should reach out and seek accommodation and peace with them. The DEMS and their socialist allies just loved the old Soviet Union.
Now that Trump is in, all of this seems to have changed. Funny how that works. But I am not laughing.
P.S. When Reagan did work with Gorbachev he got very little credit. Nobel prize went to Gorbachev when it should have been shared with Reagan and Thatcher.
Trump now says he meant that Mexicans are therapists, not the rapists.
McCain and Walsh have been irrelevant for a long time. Both Big Time losers. As for Roskam, perhaps he could explain to us exactly how Russia interfered with our democratic process. Has he turned into a Lukewarm Republican? Still searching for someone who was influenced by Russia.
Who authored this fine piece of Deep State propaganda?
The hysterical reaction to his meeting shows you who how his opponents have become crazy with hatred. We should be getting along with Russia. They are not perfect but this is not the Soviet Union! At least they don’t rip us off on trade deals and force us to pay their portion of dues to organizations that have outlived their usefulness.
Trump has been doing a good job fulfilling his campaign promises and governing as a conservative. The swamp creatures hate it. As for his meeting with Putin, it was a damned if he did, damned if he didn’t situation. The leftists, the progressives and the media were going to criticize him no matter what happened. It is hilarious to see so many pro-Soviet public figures carrying on like Joe McCarthy.
The Left STILL has not learned that Trump works all problems on several levels to find the solutions.
Like any good poker player, he knows how to bluff,
to “read” the faces of his opponents, and NEVER to
show HIS cards ’till the end of the “game.”
Because the Russians are no longer Communists and are a willing ally in fighting the spread of Islam. This is why the left wing lunatics hate them.
I’m pretty sure Roskam is going to be a big time loser in a couple of months.
Sounds like our former president who gave speeches in front of Roman columns and talked about the oceans shrinking when he became the Dear Leader.
Trump is a traitor and the GOP is complicit. Never forget…. every single GOP congress critter that voted against funding to protect the 2020 election from meddling. VOTE the traitor supporters out.
THE GOP took a trip July 3-4 to visit Russia… why?
The NRA knowingly took 30 million from russia and gave it to the Trump campaign…. GOP congress just voted to make NRA immune from this CRIME.
GOP <3 Russia they have sold out this country to the Russian. Easy to see. easy to prove. the midterms are going to slap the GOP real hard. good riddance
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I agree with you. He is unlistenable – simply very bad radio. I haven’t subjected myself or the passengers in my car to his screeching, blowhard, unpleasant diatribes for years, now.
Have you been dining on “magic mushrooms?”
Missing the communists, are you? Got your taste of war under the Obama regime and want endless war in the future?
Obama/Clinton gave Russia the country’s uranium but, yeah, they are anti-Russian hardliners, not sell outs.
Do you drink before you type?