Sally Yates: Putin summit shows where Trump's loyalties lie

Sally Yates: Putin summit shows where Trump's loyalties lie
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Former Acting Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTrump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE’s actions during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki show us “where his loyalties lie.”

“It wasn’t really a rhetorical, semantic faux pas that we were talking about here,” Yates told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday. 

“It was what his words reflected. They revealed what our president is thinking and how he feels and where his loyalties lie," she added.

Yates said Americans were “shaken” by Trump’s performance.

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“I think the startling reality for all of us is that we are faced with a situation where our president — the person whom we have entrusted to lead this country — isn’t all in for our nation,” Yates said.

Trump received widespread criticism after he refused to denounce Russia’s 2016 election interference at a presser with Putin. He tried to walk back his comments on Tuesday, saying he “misspoke” and accepts the U.S. intelligence assessment on Russia, before adding that it "could be other people also."

Trump reignited the controversy on Thursday with a decision to invite Putin to the U.S.

Yates has been a persistent critic of the president.

Trump fired Yates from her position at the Justice Department last year when she refused to defend his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.