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Sen. Van Hollen: Trump's Words About Putin Mark 'Bad Day' for the USA

By    |   Monday, 16 July 2018 02:59 PM

President Donald Trump's comments that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin on issues such as Russian interference rather than officials he appointed marks a "bad day for the United States of America," Sen. Chris Van Hollen said following the presidents' press conference.

"My first reaction is actually the same first reaction of many of my Republican colleagues," the Maryland Democrat told Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime" host Harris Faulkner. "This is a bad day for the United States of America."

Trump, he continued, "went into a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and he came out saying that he believed Putin on issues like Russian interference in the 2016 elections, rather than the head of his own CIA [Gina Haspel] that he appointed, rather than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , and others in our intelligence community."

Instead, said Van Hollen, Trump "threw our intelligence community totally under the bus and said 'hey, I have no reason to doubt Vladimir Putin.' This is a crazy upside down world which is why you have such strong responses, not just from Democrats, but from Republicans as well."

Van Hollen noted that he and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, are co-sponsoring a bill, the Detour Act, that if approved, will impose heavy sanctions on Russia should it meddle in future elections.

"The president of the United States tweeted out, that the reasons for bad relations between the United States and Russia was the fault of the United States," said Van Hollen, "but nothing to do that the fact that Russia invaded, and occupied Crimea, nothing to do with the aggression and Ukraine, nothing to do with the interference in the 2016 elections."

Coming out of the meeting, there was "heard not a peep from the president of the United States about those Russian aggressions," said Van Hollen, so Congress will have to work to address such issues.

"The cost of interfering in 2018 [must be] much higher than whatever they have to gain," said Van Hollen.

He did agree that "all of us" want better relations with Russia, and that there is nothing wrong with that. However, he said he wanted people to ask themselves what they would think if former President Barack Obama had said, from a main stage with Putin, that he believed the Russian leader more than he believed the United States' intelligence agencies.

"I can tell you, that there would be a huge uproar on the Republican side," said Van Hollen. "I am pleased to say that there are at least some Republican senators who are joining Democrats in criticizing the president's actions here."

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President Donald Trump's comments that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin on issues such as Russian interference rather than officials he appointed marks a "bad day for the United States of America," Sen. Chris Van Hollen said.
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