President Donald Trump‘s soft stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin has provoked backlash from both sides of the aisle, most recently GOP strategist Evan Siegfried, who called for Congress to formally condemn his behavior.
“Forget subpoena power,” Siegfried told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday. “I think he should go out and be censured by the Congress. This is a president whose ego knows no bounds. and if you really want to send a message to him as Congress, send a censure that says you have been repudiated by the legislative body for not doing your job and for embarrassing the country, not standing up for our allies.”
Continuing to eviscerate Trump’s posture during his Helsinki, Finland meeting with Putin, Siegfried noted that it was only last week that British citizen Dawn Sturgess died in the fallout of Russia’s chemical attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, a matter which Prime Minister Theresa May was probably “begging Trump to bring up.”
“He didn’t stand up for our allies,” Siegfried said. “And I have to question whether or not President Trump truly understands why America is a great country. He constantly attacks America. There’s so many problems with America. There’s a deep state. It’s a rigged witch hunt. It’s our fault that we have a bad relationship with Russia. My God, he doesn’t ever explain why America is an exceptional nation. Why it is a beacon of hope for people who are oppressed, fighting, bleeding and dying to have the very freedoms we take for granted. The president can’t and he never will because he’s not an imbecile, he just cares about himself and he deserves a censure.”
Siegfried, who spoke out against Trump’s campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election, is just one of a handful of notable Republicans bashing the Helsinki meeting as a disaster for the U.S. and its diplomacy.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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