Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Despite a Department of Justice indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers last week, Trump did not condemn any alleged Russian action during the press briefing.

CIA Director John Brennan.

"I've been saying numerous same things about Vladimir Putin for over 17 years", he said. "It was incredible and very, very disturbing".

In some of the strongest words yet reflecting the unease of Washington's traditional allies, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could no longer rely on the United States. "He has got to be celebrating on the way home to Moscow".

A statement by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) had a similar sentiment: "President Trump's meeting today with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation was an appalling display of self-serving posturing by both men".

The news conference is being widely described as a disgrace by both Democrats and Republicans.

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Over on The Late Show , Colbert interpreted the laugh to mean, "I'm sorry, I was just remembering amusing video I saw of Mr. President Donald Trump said on Monday after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin .

He went on to say that Trump and Putin "seemed to be speaking from the same script" and Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant".

Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, October 16, 2017. McCain called the press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

The billionaire businessman visited Russian Federation several times before he was elected USA president in 2016.

"A productive dialogue is not only good for the United States and good for Russian Federation, but it is good for the world", he said.

Fox Business echoed Hume's comments. This was an interview with a friendly, high-profile, American television host just weeks after Trump was sworn in.

For Putin, it came only three days after the Justice Department announced the indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA election.

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Graham quipped that Trump ought to check a soccer ball Putin gave to Trump for listening devices, "and never allow it in the White House".

At the press conference, Trump refused to acknowledge Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. He stood next to Putin and attacked domestic political rivals, the Justice Department, and the FBI for investigating what happened while ignoring questions over his own intelligence community's assessment that Putin did, in fact, order a sophisticated influence campaign in states that ultimately decided the election outcome.

If anything, Trump's obsequiousness toward Putin suggests a kind of envy at the Russian leader's ability to exercise violent state power unchecked.

The meeting came just days after 12 Russian military officers were indicted for hacking attempts into the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin. [Putin] just said it's not Russian Federation. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he added.

Democrats also sounded alarm.

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", tweeted Graham, a military veteran and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also criticized Trump for his behavior at the press conference and even questioned if Putin could be blackmailing Trump with "damaging information". "I have President Putin".

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