Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tore into President Trump’s support for Russia’s readmission to the G-7 Summit on Friday, claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be blackmailing Trump.
In a tweet, Merkley lashed out against the president for doing Putin’s “bidding” while further pushing away key U.S. allies, despite Russia’s recent involvement in the Syrian Civil War and Moscow’s interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Ok, really: what does Putin have on @realDonaldTrump? Russia has attacked our election, invaded Ukraine, slaughtered innocent Syrians, and yet Trump does Russia’s bidding while alienating our allies who stand with us. Which country is the American President working for?” he tweeted.
Ok, really: what does Putin have on @realDonaldTrump? Russia has attacked our election, invaded Ukraine, slaughtered innocent Syrians, and yet Trump does Russia’s bidding while alienating our allies who stand with us. Which country is the American President working for? https://t.co/gZLNMxSbCW
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) June 8, 2018
Merkley’s tweet followed hours after Trump told reporters before leaving for the G7 summit in Canada that Russia should be reinstated to the group of powerful nations.
“With that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” he said. “Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?”
“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” Trump added. “And in the G7, which used be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
Here is how Americans reacted:
Daily I ask these questions. He says nobody has been tougher on Russia "You see what I do", and I honestly don't. What has he ever done that equates to "tough on Russia"?
— Standup America (@Dsp503) June 8, 2018
— Debra Lewis (@StarKaraoke) June 9, 2018
I don't think we have to ask anymore. I think it is clear. Yet the Republicans do nothing and his base doesn't care as long as they can now hate in public.
— krissy hoskins (@krissy_219) June 9, 2018
Putin got something very big on Trump What Trump forgets is people know what Putin has on Trump
— Ellen Reeher Morris (@EllenMorris1222) June 9, 2018
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