Chris Gagin resigned as Belmont, Ohio County Republican Party Chairman yesterday in response to the disastrous press conference with President Trump and Vladimir Putin.
He said on Twitter that “the President is entitled to GOP party leaders, at all levels, fully committed to his views and agenda,” and after the stunning comments from the President he just can’t do that anymore.
He spoke with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto today and said nothing Trump said in his attempted walk-back today changed his mind. Gagin argued it’s just Trump trying to “alter the meaning of the language that we all saw him use in Helsinki.”
Gagin called the blowback “entirely appropriate” and the actual presser comments “a bridge too far.”
Cavuto noted this may hurt him at home politically. Gagin said he still believes it was the right thing to do:
“In the moment, you can’t recapture the gravitas that the President of the United States had available to him yesterday. To make that clarification in the Cabinet room in the White House without President Putin being there, to hear it, to see it in his eyes, the conviction in his statement, I don’t see this as anything other than sort of what has to be put out from a political standpoint. It’s just going to take a good while, I believe, to rebuild the president’s credibility with President Putin.”
You can watch the video above, via Fox News.
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