Arizona Senator John McCain is taking shots at President Trump for his eyebrow-raising joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCain released a statement about Trump’s presser with Putin calling it “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” McCain went on to call the Helsinki, Finland summit a “tragic mistake.”
On Monday, by all accounts, Trump was embarrassed by President Putin. Despite a unanimous decision by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian Government interfered in the U.S. elections, Trump publicly evaded questions regarding the act.
Trump’s belief on the matter of Russian interference has been back and forth, but it seems that when it comes to face to face meetings with Putin, Trump maintains that he believes the Russian President did not interfere in the election and even blamed the Democratic Party for the hacking of their servers.
McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer, has been a constant opponent of Trump despite their mutual affiliation to the Republican party. During the campaign, Trump infamously trashed the U.S. Navy Veteran for being a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.
Their rivalry continues to this day despite that Senator McCain is likely in the last days of his life due to his diagnosis. Friends of John McCain revealed that he did not want President Trump to attend his funeral.
Trump later tweeted his “great support” for U.S. intelligence agencies, but instead of staying focused on the past, Trump wants to “build a brighter future” with Russia.
As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along! #HELSINKI2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018