Senator McCain’s statement about the president’s connection with Putin reveals his concern with Trump’s loyalty to America.
Following Trump’s shocking victory in the 2016 election, speculation of an alleged collusion between the Trump administration and Russia began circulating. Many believe Russia interfered with the election, swaying the presidency in Trump’s favor through hacking.
It was believed that Russian government officials were in possession of potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his inner circle during the 2016 election.
The information was believed to be of financial nature that supposedly could have been used as leverage against Trump and his aides. Intercepted communications suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed “they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information.”
A probe was established by the FBI to investigate how potential Russian interference could have impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign.
Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times in 2016 but didn’t document those interactions, despite requirements to list “any contact” he or his family had with a foreign government or its representatives over the past seven years.
Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn raised suspicions by refusing to comply with a subpoena, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than disclose records about his meetings with Russian officials.
Paul Manafort, who was recently indicted for money laundering, conspiracy against the United States and more, turned over more than 300 pages of documents to the Senate intelligence committee related to its investigation of Russian election meddling back in May.
The Justice Department along with both chambers of Congress are still knee-deep in an investigation into the possible existence of any improper connections between the Trump administration and Russia with new revelations frequenting headlines.
Despite US intelligence agencies confirming the Russian interference with the election, Trump is taking Putin’s word that there was no collusion.
“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters as he flew from Da Nang to Hanoi in Vietnam.
Trump spoke to Putin three times on the sidelines of an economic summit here, maintaining that “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’”
“And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”
What’s Happening Now:
Following Trump’s blind faith in Putin’s claims that he didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, Senator John McCain released a statement expressing his thoughts on the matter, criticising his willingness to cooperate with Russia:
“President Trump today stated that he believed Vladimir Putin is being sincere when he denies Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and reiterated that he hopes to cooperate with Russia in Syria.”
“There’s nothing ‘America First’ about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There’s no ‘principled realism’ in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which remains the greatest obstacle to a political solution that would bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Vladimir Putin does not have America’s interests at heart. To believe otherwise is not only naive but also places our national security at risk.”
H/T: John McCain