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Sen. Blumenthal: Trump Resisting 'Objective Reality' on Russia

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 11:46 AM

It's good that President Donald Trump is speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday, but he's concerned that Trump has continued to resist "the objective reality" of Russian involvement in the 2016 election cycle.

"I welcome the president of the United States having amicable relations with Russia and cooperation with Russia when it comes to North Korea, Syria," the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's "New Day" program. "We hope we can cooperate on the international front in stopping North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and also in the Middle East seeking peace there."

On Thursday, the Kremlin reported Putin and Trump spoke during a phone call about the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program.

Earlier in the day, Putin, in his annual press conference with hundreds of journalists in Moscow welcomed the United States' "awareness of reality" in the crisis, but called on all sides to "stop aggravating the situation." He also pointed out that Moscow does not recognize North Korea's status as a nuclear power.

However, Trump has "resisted the objective reality that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections," said Blumenthal, and he feels that "impairs our ability to resist and set up this kind of meddling and interference in the future. It is a real national security. Russia will repeat it unless they are made to pay the price."

Blumenthal on Friday also said he is "not comfortable" with a report in The Washington Post that said intelligence officials are leaving information about Russia out of their daily briefings to Trump because it upsets him to hear about it.

"The president needs and deserves to face objective reality, which is Russia is a threat to our democracy," said Blumenthal. "Putin is, forgive me, a KGB thug. He wants to expand Russia to encompass what used to be the Soviet Union. That's his long-term goal, and he wants to undermine democracies around the world, most particularly our democracy, as he showed very, very clearly in the last election."

If Trump's briefings do not contain information about Russia, he continued, that "is a suggestion that Russia supported him in the last election and may have contributed to his victory, [and that] is very, very dangerous. And this kind of rejection of reality has reverberations across the government and is a threat to national security."

In other matters, Blumenthal spoke out against the tax bill that will likely be on Trump's desk before Christmas.

"The benefits in favor of the wealthiest and corporations and creates trillions of dollars in debt for our children and grandchildren," he said. "It threatens our national defense ... it also undermines social security potentially and Medicare."

He also spoke about his fellow Democrats' call on Trump to quit over the sexual harassment and abuse claims that have been made against him.

"I think the president ought to be subject to the same scrutiny as anyone else in America, whether it's entertainment, business, Congress, or sports," said Blumenthal, but he is more focused on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia.

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It's good that President Donald Trump is speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday, but he's concerned that Trump has continued to resist "the objective reality" of Russian involvement in the 2016 election cycle.
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