Fmr US Ambassador Says Trump Cannot Be Trusted: Russian Meddling Denial ‘Borders Virtual Treason’
Max Baucus, the former U.S. ambassador to China, ripped the Trump Administration apart for even thinking about accepting the deal Vladimir Putin offered over Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe.
During the summit in Helsinki earlier this week, Putin said his government would cooperate with the 2016 election-meddling investigation, but in exchange, Russia would get to interrogate former US ambassador Michael McFaul, Magnitsky Act champion Bill Browder, and other officials. When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the deal, she said Trump would “meet with his team” about it.
McFaul is demanding that the White House reject the “ridiculous” request, and when CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Baucus about this, he called it a “preposterous” and “one-way” deal that would weaken the standing of America’s diplomats.
“We tend to assume when we have these discussions that we’re dealing with an ordinary country,” Baucus said. “We’re not, this is Russia. It’s an authoritarian country, there’s no due process, no rule of law.”
Baucus doubted the deal will actually happen, but he said that the White House’s consideration of the offer highlights the disconnect between Trump and the State Department. He then called on the media to call out Trump for “lying.”
Harlow brought up new reporting that Trump was shown intelligence that Putin “personally” ordered the cyberattacks on the US election — Baucus said that shows the president cannot be trusted.
“You cannot trust this man, and he will more likely than not — if he wants to — transfer classified information to a foreign power. He can’t be trusted. It borders virtual treason, frankly.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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