Lindsey Graham: When Putin Denies Russian Hacking, Trump Needs to Strongly ‘Reject His Denial’


Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) is a bit at odds with some of his Senate colleagues on whether President Donald Trump should proceed with the Vladimir Putin summit after today’s indictments.

Some Democrats have already called on Trump to drop out of the meeting, and even John McCain said Trump shouldn’t do it if he’s “not prepared to hold Putin accountable.”

Trump himself said he would “firmly ask the question” today but added he doubts Putin would just cop to it in front of him.

Graham tried to press Trump a little while talking with Martha MacCallum on Fox News tonight:

“Russia didn’t beat Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump did. Russia did interfere in our election, and if I were the President, I would not ask Putin ‘did you do it?’ I would reject his denial. ‘I know you did it and if you continue to do it, we’ll never have a good relationship.'”

“I have a lot of faith in President Trump,” he said. “Bush misread Putin, Putin ran over Obama ’cause he was so weak in the eyes of President Putin.”

MacCallum brought up the indictments of the 12 Russian intel officers on hacking charges, and Graham restated, “I want President Trump to go to meet Putin, I want a better relationship, but when Putin says ‘I didn’t do it,’ I want President Trump to say, ‘I reject that denial. You did do it.'”

He added that the Russians are clearly trying to meddle in the 2018 midterms too.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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