Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn threw cold water Friday on the Russian foreign minister's description of President Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin — even referring to Hillary Clinton's "reset" in 2009.
Cornyn, the Texas Republican, took to Twitter:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that President Trump "accepted" Putin's assurance that Moscow did not interfere in the November election.
"President Trump said he heard clear statements from Putin that (the allegations of meddling) are not true, and that Russian authorities did not intervene, and he accepted these declarations," said Lavrov, who participated in the session.
However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters beforehand that Trump opened the meeting by expressing concerns about Russian meddling, though Putin denied any involvement.
Tillerson, who also sat in on the meeting, called the leaders' discussion on meddling "robust and lengthy."
Regarding Clinton, Cornyn was referring to her news conference in Geneva in March 2009 as secretary of state.
She presented Lavrov with a mounted red button emblazoned with the word "reset" in English, later explaining that the Obama administration's policy toward Moscow was to "help strengthen Russia."
Also on Twitter Friday, Cornyn took a swipe at the news media in light of the announcement of a cease-fire with Russia on Syria:
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