President Donald Trump has once again found a way to embarrass the nation and duck the claims of an insidious connection between him and his tyrannical buddy, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Today (July 16), the former business mogul’s performance at the press conference for the Helskini summit has critics from all sides blasting the U.S. leader for his comments.
When Trump took to the podium in Finland, he essentially defended Russia from the accusations of meddling despite evidence from the global intelligence community stating otherwise. Trump was asked by members of the press of the accusations of collusion, replying in his usual off-the-cuff style.
“President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump answered. in one of the more bizarre moments from the conference.
In rapid time, GOP and Democratic leadership, including those who have stood up for Trump in times past, chimed in with statements and tweets that are still ongoing. As a result, “#TreasonSummit” has begun trending on Twitter and there is a heavy amount of discussion connected to the hashtag.
Sen. Lindsay Graham tweeted that Trump’s actions today have undermined the strength of America to the world and communicated to the Kremlin that the country is weakened under his leadership. Former CIA Director John Brennan said that Trump’s comments today were “treasonous.”
We’ve collected some of the comments in response to President Donald Trump’s defense of Russia and Vladimir Putin below and on the following pages.