July 16, 2018

Duckworth on Trump's Secret Meeting with Vladimir Putin: "Shocking and Disgraceful"


“It is difficult to overstate the damage done by Donald Trump’s shocking and disgraceful show of weakness on the world stage. The strong global alliances and global belief in American leadership that Donald Trump has taken just days to tear down over the last week will take generations to rebuild. This is a man who wants to work closely with our fiercest adversaries and believes our allies in the European Union are our foes, but refuses to believe the consensus of his entire intelligence community about Russian interference in the election and its continued threat. Just days after the indictments of 12 Russian military officials for their attacks on our country during the 2016 election, Trump is not only willing to let Vladimir Putin off the hook, he actually holds America responsible for allowing the attacks to happen.

“When given the chance to condemn Russia’s actions, Donald Trump refused again and again. He instead suggested a false moral equivalence between America and Russia, a nation that invaded and annexed a portion of a sovereign country against international law, shot down flight MH17 killing nearly 300 innocent souls and interfered in America’s elections as well as those of our allies. Russia poisons innocent civilians around the globe and props up a brutal dictator who gasses his own people in Syria. Donald Trump is wrong. There can be no moral equivalence drawn between the United States of America and Putin’s Russia.”

“Today’s events are yet another example of Donald Trump’s feckless ‘leadership’ on the world stage. Republicans in Congress cannot continue to turn a blind eye towards the very real possibility that Vladimir Putin has compromised our Commander-in-Chief and turned him, perhaps without his knowledge, into a Russian asset.”