This Monday, Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto took a dig at President Trump’s widely criticized performance during his press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Kicking off a day of closed-door discussions betweenTrump andPutin in Helsinki, Finland, the two emerged for a joint press conference where the American president stood before reporters and provided almost 100 percent cover for Russia’s authoritarian leader.
According to Cavuto, Trump’s “disgusting” refusal to confront Putin over Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election was allowing Putin to “get away” with it.
“I’m sorry, it’s the only way I feel. it’s not a right or left thing to me, it’s just wrong,” Cavuto said in a video clip flagged by Axios.
“A U.S. president on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor … is essentially letting the guy get away with this, and not even offering a mild criticism,” he continued. “That sets us back a lot.”
Neil Cavuto of Fox Business calls Trump's press conference "disgusting", "That sets us back a lot." pic.twitter.com/R2ZIjyFyPR
— Axios (@axios) July 16, 2018
During the presser, a reporter stood up and asked Trump what, if anything, he’s willing to hold Russia accountable for especially in the wake of U.S. intelligence’s confirmation that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
“… I hold both countries responsible,” Trump replied. “I think that the United States has been foolish. I think that we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago, a long time, frankly, before I got to office.”
“And I think we’re all to blame,” Trump added.
Trump’s perceived deference to Putin has brought condemnation from both sides of the political aisle. On Monday, Arizona GOP Senator Jeff Flake slammed the display as “shameful,” tweeting, “I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression.”
Former CIA Director John Brennan slammed the presser as “nothing short of treasonous,” adding that “Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to [and] exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes [and] misdemeanors.”
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