Kasich: ‘No equivalence’ with Putin’s ‘brutal regime’

Kasich: ‘No equivalence’ with Putin’s ‘brutal regime’
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined other Republicans in scolding President Trump Sunday for suggesting that the United States was guilty along with Russia for human rights abuses.

“America has been a beacon of light and freedom. There is no equivalence with the brutal regime of Vladimir Putin,” he wrote on Twitter.



Kasich, one of Trump’s rivals during the Republican presidential primary, joined Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (R-Fla.), another former White House aspirant, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) in breaking with Trump Sunday over Putin.


Trump told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly in an interview airing Sunday that he respects Putin, despite Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea, a territory that belonged to Ukraine, and its support for Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, whose forces have killed thousands of civilians during the country's ongoing civil war.

“I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them,” Trump said.

When O’Reilly objected by calling Putin “a killer,” Trump said the United States has its own dirty laundry.

“We have a lot of killers,” he said. “You think our country is so innocent?”

Rubio disputed the characterization, tweeting, “When has a Democratic political activists been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin.”

McConnell said, “I don’t think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.”