Bill Weld on Primary Run Against Trump: Oval Office Meeting With the Russians Showed ‘Contempt for the American People’


Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is looking to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries, and on CNN today he pointed to one particular example of why he feels a primary challenge is necessary.

In the interview with Alisyn Camerota, Weld brought up that infamous Oval Office meeting with Russian officials:

“One moment does stick in my mind and that’s the time when the president shooed all the U.S. press out of the Oval Office and brought in Ambassador Kislyak from Russia and Sergei Lavrov from Russia to have his summit meeting with them with nobody present except TASS, which is the the Russian state press orgqn. That showed contempt for the American people.”

He went on to express concern at Trump’s “tendency to associate with autocrats” and how Republicans are being too quiet in the face of the president’s “outrageous conduct and behavior.”

That last part was Weld elaborating on his earlier comments that a lot of Republicans are showing symptoms of “Stockholm Syndrome.”

“I’m trying to get us back in the Republican party of Abraham Lincoln,” he said.

You can watch above, via CNN.

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