Senate Dem: Trump's rhetoric on Russia undermines national security

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack MORE (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE's comments downplaying Russian interference in the 2016 election pose a threat to national security. 

"I think they do because you’ve got these people that are our security people, our intelligence people, when he stood next to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin in front of the world and really sided with him over the intelligence people, it sent that same message to the world," Klobuchar said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

"So I wish he would listen to these people, but what we have right now is a common set of facts between at least Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, and a common purpose to protect our democracy," continued Klobuchar, who some have mentioned as a potential Democratic White House contender in 2020. 

"I’m very concerned that you could have a hack that finally went through," she said. 


National security officials emphasized during a White House press briefing last week the "pervasive" threats to U.S. elections, including the 2018 midterms, posed by Russian interference. 

Trump, however, undercut his national security officials throughout the week, referring to Russian interference in elections as the "Russia hoax." 

The president also came under intense bipartisan fire for his comments during a joint press conference with Putin last month, during which he appeared to cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia conspired to hack U.S. election systems. 

Klobuchar said on Sunday that Trump's rhetoric "concerns" her. 

"I think you also have the fact that you've got the president undermining this on national TV still after his security people, Gen. [Paul] Nakasone, that they go in front of the world and they say this is happening, he says that night at a rally in Pennsylvania that it's a hoax," Klobuchar said.

"But at the same time, there are some very good people working on it," she added. "I'd love to see this broadened out so we start to discuss also the threats to our power grid system, the threats to our financial system, because the Russians aren't just stopping at the election equipment."