Senate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference

Senate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference
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Democratic senators on Monday ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE for his remarks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he refused to condemn Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"That was disturbing," Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSchumer says Senate will vote on repealing 2002 war authorization The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Sanders drops bid to block Biden's Israel arms sale MORE (D-N.J.) tweeted after the Helsinki press conference. "Shameful. Jaw-dropping. Disgraceful. I am running out of words to describe how despicable it is to see an American President capitulate to a dictator."

Trump on Monday said he doesn't "see any reason why it would be" Russia who hacked Democratic servers in 2016.


He also blamed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russian election meddling for keeping the U.S. and the Kremlin "separated," adding that there "was no collusion at all."

Democrats have slammed Trump for his behavior at last week's NATO summit in Brussels, where he publicly criticized member nations for what he considered insufficient defense spending, and for his criticisms of British Prime Minister Theresa May when he visited England.

GOP lawmakers also criticized Trump's refusal to blame Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but Democrats held nothing back as they called Trump treasonous, shameful and a disgrace.

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Russia threatens to leave International Space Station program over US sanctions Nikki Fried, only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, launches challenge to DeSantis MORE (D-Fla.) said the president's behavior should "alarm us all."

"Putin is a threat to our democracy and our upcoming election, that's a fact," Nelson tweeted. "The president's unwillingness to stand up to him and defend our nation is unacceptable and embarrassing." 

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSanders: Democrats considering trillion spending package Cyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (D-Va.) called the press conference a "complete disgrace," while Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Democrats face new pressure to raise taxes Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' MORE (D-Md.) called Trump's repeated denials "insane."

"It’s insane that the President of the United States is attacking the FBI and believes Putin over his own intelligence officials and evidence presented by both the House and the Senate," Van Hollen tweeted.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-Mass.), who is considered a 2020 presidential contender, tweeted that Trump took "to the international stage to embarrass America, undermine our institutions, weaken our alliances, & embrace a dictator."

Sen. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment MORE (D-Mass.) said in a statement that "America’s relationship with Russia is at its lowest point since the Cold War because Russia is not behaving like a responsible world power."

He said Trump missed the opportunity to publicly condemn Russia for its military aggression in Ukraine and Putin's support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill Rising crime rejuvenates gun control debate on campaign trail MORE (D-Conn.) said Trump's European trip has been "one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country."

"Just jraw dropping," Murphy said.