Durbin: 'So many questions' about why Trump is 'so chummy' with Putin

Durbin: 'So many questions' about why Trump is 'so chummy' with Putin
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Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday said there are "so many questions" about why President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE is "so chummy" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections. Why is this President Trump’s best buddy? I don’t get it," Durbin said during an interview on ABC's "This Week."

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"And when he take the interpreter’s notes and wants to destroy them so no one can see what was said, it raises serious questions about the relationship between this president and Putin," Durbin added.

Durbin was referencing a Washington Post story published Saturday revealing that Trump has worked to hide the details of his private conversations with Putin, including by taking notes from an interpreter following a 2017 meeting with the Russian leader.   

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