Graham Thinks Trump Looked Weak Against Putin

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina thinks President Donald Trump looked weak in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, labeling the event as a “missed opportunity” for the president to “deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.”

“Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections. This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves,” Graham tweeted Monday.

“It is imperative that Congress hold hearings on the extent and scope of any cooperation with Russia in Syria regarding Iran’s presence,” Graham continued. “Finally, if it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”

The president refused to acknowledge that Russian agents attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, causing many within his own party, like Graham, to throw criticism his way. Trump was expected to take a hard-line against the Putin and address election interference and other topics, like the Russian annexation of Crimea, during the press conference. (RELATED: Trump Talks Putin Election Meddling)

Other GOP lawmakers spoke out against Trump’s performance Monday.

“A person can be in favor of improving relations with Russia, in favor of meeting with Putin, and still think something is not right here,” GOP Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted Monday.

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