Sen. John McCain criticized President Trump on Saturday after the President said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“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,” McCain said in a statement. “There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no ‘principled realism’ in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria. 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 was referring to comments from the president about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The president seemed to say he Trusts Putin’s comments more than the U.S. intelligence community.
“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks,” Trump said aboard Air Force One. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”
via CNN Politics