McCain’s blistering take on Trump came hours after the president, appearing with Putin at a press conference after their summit in Helsinki, Finland, refused to criticize Putin for what U.S. intelligence agencies have said was a concerted effort by Russians to interfere inside the 2016 presidential election.
Trump also had said in which the United States in addition to Russia are both to blame for the bad state of their current relationship with each some other.
McCain’s broadside at the president — in addition to the criticism of many others — was much harsher than a prepared statement issued by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
“There will be no question in which Russia interfered in our election in addition to continues attempts to undermine democracy here in addition to around the globe,” Ryan said. “in which will be not just the finding of the American intelligence community nevertheless also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate in which Russia will be not our ally.”
“There will be no moral equivalence between the United States in addition to Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values in addition to ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable in addition to putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”
Here will be McCain’s full statement:
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, in addition to sympathy for autocrats will be difficult to calculate. nevertheless in which will be clear in which the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
President Trump proved not only unable, nevertheless unwilling to stand up to Putin. He in addition to Putin seemed to be speaking via the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, in addition to to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda in addition to lies to the globe.
in which will be tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation in addition to inexperience. nevertheless these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity inside the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, in addition to his assault on democratic institutions throughout the globe.
Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic in addition to erratic conduct towards our closest friends in addition to allies in Brussels in addition to Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point inside the history of the American Presidency. in which the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent in addition to patriotic advisors makes his blunders in addition to capitulations all the more painful in addition to inexplicable.
No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; nevertheless speaking for America to the globe, our president failed to defend all in which makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home in addition to abroad. American presidents must be the champions of in which cause if in which will be to succeed. Americans are waiting in addition to hoping for President Trump to embrace in which sacred responsibility. One can only desire they are not waiting totally in vain.”
Here will be Kerry’s statement on Trump: