Republicans Are Outraged At Trump For Failing To Stand Firm Against Putin

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Congressional Republicans are upset with President Donald Trump for not taking a harder line against Russian President Vladimir Putin during Monday’s joint press conference, and they are letting him know.

Republicans in the House and Senate put out statements of condemnation Monday following the press conference, calling out the president for looking weak and throwing their support behind special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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

Another GOP senator joined his colleagues to speak out against the president’s remarks. GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called the president’s remarks Monday “bizarre and flat-out wrong.”

“The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression,” Sasse wrote in a statement Monday. “When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.”

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