On Saturday, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, casually absolving Putin of any accusations of Russia infecting and altering political conversations — which have been documented via several sources.
The two men had a brief interaction at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam. Trump said that he had several conversations with the Russian leader, allegedly focusing on the war on Syria. Trump also said that he pushed the subject of Putin’s role in the 2016 elections. “He said that he didn’t meddle,” Trump insisted, answering questions while in the press cabin of Air Force One. Apparently, he asked him “many times,” with Putin entirely rejecting the allegation. Trump believed that Putin was sincere and was willing to drop the subject altogether and its role in his presidency. In the courts, the battle to uncover the truth is still ongoing.
Here Is McCain’s Response
Sen. John McCain slammed Trump on Saturday for siding over the words of a proven kleptomaniac over the United States’ intelligence community.
In a statement, McCain refuted Putin’s purported sincerity, saying,
“President Trump today stated that he believed Vladimir Putin is being sincere when he denies Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and reiterated that he hopes to cooperate with Russia in Syria. There is nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community … Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.”
McCain reminded listeners of Russia’s role in propping up the Assad Regime, which had the effect of galvanizing the Syrian conflict in the first place.
McCain also hit at Trump’s abysmal performance, ironically using one of the president’s favorite words, and calling it “sad.” It looks like Senator McCain is finally in agreement with the rest of us.
Watch his remarks here:
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