Neil Cavuto: Trump press conference with Putin was ‘disgusting’

Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto on Monday called out President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE over his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump appeared to side with the Russian president over his denial of involvement in the 2016 election.

Cavuto said that Trump’s "disgusting" refusal to confront Putin about Russian meddling was effectively letting Putin “get away” with it.

“I’m sorry, it’s the only way I feel. it’s not a right or left thing to me, it’s just wrong,” he said. “A U.S. president on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor … is essentially letting the guy get away with this, and not even offering a mild criticism. That sets us back a lot.”

Trump sparked an immediate wave of backlash among lawmakers and the media after the press conference, with even top conservative figures tearing into him for his comments.


During the press conference, Trump refuted his own intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, saying that he doesn’t “see any reason” why Russia would have been behind the hacking.

He also tore into the special counsel investigation into Moscow's meddling, calling Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's probe a “disaster for our country.”

Just last week, Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers and charged them with hacking U.S. groups and individuals to influence the election.

“He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said of Putin. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”