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Sen. Chris Murphy: Trump 'Scared of Russia'

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 12:36 PM

President Donald Trump is "scared of Russia" and has demonstrated signs of weakness in the face of Russian aggression, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Thursday.

"The president is clearly scared of Russia, and that's been consistently conveyed by his policy on Russia since he was sworn in," Murphy said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that Trump signed the Russia sanctions bill in private, which some thought was a weak move.

"It certainly is a sign of weakness," Murphy said. "He was being taunted on Twitter by the Russian prime minister yesterday. And I think you have to put it in context of other things that have been happening in the last few weeks. We got word earlier this week that in the State Department's reorganization, they are going to potentially take democracy promotion out of the mission of the State Department, which is at the heart of what the State Department has been doing for 70 years and is probably the biggest thorn in the side of Russia, given the fact that we are often promoting democracy in places that they are trying to influence around their periphery.

"So, yeah, I think there's a clear message sent to Russia by doing this quietly. I think there's a lot of irony in the president saying he's doing it for national unity amid signing a statement where he's attacking the United States congress. I think there's something — there's a different story here that's not in the statement."

The U.S. intelligence community believes Russia tried to influence the presidential election last year through computer hacks and fake news. Others claim the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in order to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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