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‘I’m Not Going to Critique Every Utterance of the President’: Mitch McConnell on Trump’s Putin Comments

During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was pressed by host Jake Tapper on President Donald Trump’s comments on Russia and Vladimir Putin.

After playing a clip from Fox News’ interview of Trump where POTUS said America has a lot of killers when confronted with Putin being a killer, Tapper asked McConnell if the Kentucky lawmaker was comfortable with Trump “equating US actions with those of Putin’s regime.”

McConnell didn’t directly answer the question as it relates to the president, instead stating that he doesn’t “think there is any equivalency with the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.”

Tapper reframed the question, asking how McConnell would have reacted if President Obama “defended the murderous reign of Putin by saying ‘You think our country is so innocent.'”

Again, McConnell obfuscated, stating that he believes “America is exceptional” and that we “don’t operate the way Russia does.”

Finally, Tapper wondered aloud if President Trump understands this and stating that if Obama would have said the same thing Trump did, there would be “protests in the street.”

“Look, Jake, I can speak to myself and I already have about my feelings for Vladimir Putin,” McConnell responded. “I’m not going to critique every utterance of the president.”

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