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Schumer: Tillerson Statement 'Disgraceful'

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 04:29 PM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's readout on President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Vladimir Putin as "disgraceful" because they did not resolve the issue of Moscow's election hacking.

"President Trump had an obligation to bring up Russia's interference in our election with Putin, but he has an equal obligation to take the word of our intelligence community rather than that of the Russian president," the New York Democrat said in a sharply worded statement posted on Twitter.

"For Secretary Tillerson to say that this issue will remain unresolved is disgraceful.

"To give equal credence to the findings of the American intelligence community and the assertion by Mr. Putin is a grave dereliction of duty and will only encourage Russia to further interfere in our elections in the future."

Tillerson told reporters after the meeting that Trump began the session in Hamburg by raising U.S. concerns about Russia's meddling last year.

He also said that Putin denied any involvement, adding only that their conversation on the subject was "robust and lengthy."

But that was not enough, Schumer said.

"Working to compromise the integrity of our election process cannot and should not be an area where 'agree to disagree' is an acceptable conclusion," the Senate's top Democrat said.

"Congress and Americans of all political persuasions and parties should do all they can to increase sanctions on Russia and prevent the reduction of any sanctions by the executive branch."

Here are Schumer's tweets:

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's readout on President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Vladimir Putin as "disgraceful" because they did not resolve the issue of Moscow's election hacking.
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