John Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions

John Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry: Pressley's story 'more American than any mantle this president could ever claim' Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence Trump threatens Iran with increased sanctions after country exceeds uranium enrichment cap MORE offered a blistering criticism of President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying that Trump "surrendered lock, stock and barrel" to his Russian counterpart.

In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, Kerry blasted Trump's performance at a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, in which he decried the counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and cast doubt on whether Moscow interfered in the race at all.

"This President has surrendered lock, stock and barrel to President Putin's deceptions about the attacks on America's democracy," Kerry said in the statement. "This is insanity."


Trump's comments at the news conference with Putin drew criticism from across the partisan spectrum, with Democrats and Republicans alike condemning the U.S. president's unwillingness to say whether the Russians sought to interfere in the 2016 election, despite the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community.

Speaking in the Finnish capital, Trump acknowledged that top intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump met with Nunes to discuss potential replacements for Dan Coats: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats MORE, had told him that Russia meddled in the election. But he also said that Putin firmly denied the allegation and that he saw no reason why Russia would interfere in the race.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others," Trump said. "They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin – he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be."

While Trump has repeatedly decried the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, his comments on Monday were particularly unusual, having come just three days after a dozen Russian officials were indicted on charges of hacking Democratic servers during the 2016 campaign.

Kerry said that Trump's behavior was indicative of a larger set of problems. 

"The problem isn't Trump having a summit; it's Trump having a policy that's bad for America, bad for our allies, and only good for Vladimir Putin," Kerry said, calling Trump's behavior at the press conference "disgraceful."