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Corker, Cardin slam Trump’s Russia comments

Senate Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Ben Cardin (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.

{mosads}”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 McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

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