Schumer: GOP must push back against Trump on Russia

Schumer: GOP must push back against Trump on Russia
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that Republicans should “push back” against President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE on Russia in the wake of his rhetoric during a controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

"What, if anything, will Congress do in response to this awful trip? Where are our Republican colleagues ... who know in their heart that the president is giving away the store to Vladimir Putin?" Schumer said to reporters.

Democrats, Schumer said, have four demands of their GOP colleagues: Ratchet up sanctions against Russia, demand administration officials on the trip testify before Congress, stop attacking 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 and demand that the 12 Russians indicted last week be sent to the United States for trial.

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"I am asking Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan ... make sure these four things are done,” he said. “It's time for the Republican Party to walk the walk." 

Earlier on Monday, Schumer wondered “What could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russia over those of the United States?” and suggested it was possible “that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.” 

Trump roiled Washington on Monday when he refused to denounce Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and said both countries were to blame for the current low point in U.S.-Russia relations. 

Schumer added that his rhetoric was “thoughtless,” “dangerous” and “weak.”

"He took the word of the KGB over the men and women of the CIA,” he said.