Sen. John McCain lit into President Donald Trump for his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, calling the structure “one of the most extremely disgraceful performances by a famous president in memory.”
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” the chairman of the Senate Military Committee said in the statement. "But it is clear which the summit in Helsinki would be a tragic mistake.
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“President Trump proved besides unable, but hesitant to face up to Putin,” added the Arizona Republican who have frequently tangled with Trump. “He and Putin looked like there was speaking in the same script as being the president created a conscious choice to defend a tyrant from the fair questions of an free press, as well as grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies around the globe.”
Over the course of the briefing, Trump declared that the nation were to blame for tensions forwards and backwards nations, hailed Russia to be a “good competitor,” and also sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on whether the Kremlin interfered while in the 2016 election to boost his presidential campaign.
"We were holding the deliberate selections of a president who seems going to realize his delusions associated with a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without having regard to the true nature of his rule," McCain continued. “Coming close to the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low time in the historical past with the American Presidency."
The presence of “competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations far more painful,” McCain said. “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”