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Sen. Murphy: Being Outraged by Every Trump Miscue Dilutes Message

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 12:35 PM

Following revelations that President Donald Trump had a second previously undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month, Democratic Sen Chris Murphy warned that "we risk losing a little bit of perspective on some of the watershed moments here by reacting with equal outrage to every revelation."

His remarks came during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Wednesday.

The Connecticut senator, who is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, agreed that "the president or the administration should have disclosed this meeting at the G-20, but it was in a public setting with a whole bunch of other G-20 leaders."

Murphy added that it is especially concerning that Trump "seems woefully undereducated about the major national security challenges that are presented . . .  and
I think we should all be very worried that the president is engaged in these deep one-on-one talks with Vladimir Putin without any professional staff around, given the fact it's clear the president has not done enough study in order to talk with Putin on equal footing.

"I think there's a little bit of a perpetual emotion machine to now react with equal outrage to every daily revelation," he continued.

"I'm not as worried about the G-20 meeting as I am about the inability to get the full truth on the Donald Trump Jr. meeting, and I think we have to focus there on the meeting that is probably most problematic and most key to understanding the full potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government."

Murphy also said he is worried the U.S. will not be able to get its global influence back due to Trump's "massive withdrawal from the world, this purposeful deconstruction of the State Department," especially since it is much easier for other nations to walk away from a relationship with the United States because it is not a bipolar world any more.

Speaking about the GOP's failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, Murphy repeated his party's insistence that Democrats are ready, as they have been all along, to negotiate with Republicans, as long as it is about improving the deficiencies of Obamacare, and not getting rid of it.

"I'm not interested in cutting Medicaid or passing major new tax cuts for the rich, but I think there's a dialogue on preserving what works in the ACA [Affordable Care Act] and fixing what needs improvement," he said.

"There's a conversation to be had, but we all have to work toward the same goal, which is lower cost and more people, not less people, being enrolled in insurance in this country, [and] I'm skeptical that Mitch McConnell is ready to do that."

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Following revelations that President Donald Trump had a second previously undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy warned...
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