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Corker, Cardin slam Trump's Russia comments

Corker, Cardin slam Trump's Russia comments

Senate Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Has Congress captured Russia policy? MORE (R-Tenn.) and the panel's ranking member, Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinBipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Pelosi hopeful COVID-19 relief talks resume 'soon' Congress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out MORE (D-Md.), on Thursday slammed President Trump's comments equating the actions of the United States with state-sanctioned murder in Russia.

"Let me say one word about something that concerned me, Mr. Trump trying to drive a moral equivalency between the murderous activities of Mr. Putin and activities in our own country. There is no equivalency whatsoever," said Cardin at the opening of a committee hearing on Russia. 

Corker quickly agreed.

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"I see no moral equivalence — none — between ourselves and the actions Russia has taken and I agree with you those comments do not reflect certainly most opinions of the United States Senate," the Tennessee Republican said.

During an interview that aired before the Super Bowl with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, Trump said he respected Russian President Vladimir Putin

"I do respect him," said Trump, "I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him. He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia then not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea."

O'Reilly then pressed Trump on the issue, saying Putin is a "killer."

"We’ve got a lot of killers," Trump replied. "Boy, you think our country’s so innocent? You think our country’s so innocent?"

Since then, the president has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle with lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Trump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Trump's new interest in water resources — why now? MORE (R-Fla.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySchumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Vt.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' MORE (R-Ariz.).