A top Republican on Sunday criticized President Trump for missing a “good opportunity” to confront Moscow about election meddling during his controversial news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“The president missed, I think, a really good opportunity to distinguish the United States from any other country, but especially from Russia,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The South Carolina lawmaker urged Trump to listen to his advisers and the intelligence community when they tell him the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
If he doesn’t listen, they should step down, he said.
“It can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden that Russia is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016,” Gowdy said in the interview. “So the president either needs to rely on the people that he has chosen to advise him, or those advisers need to reevaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration. But the disconnect cannot continue.”
During a joint news conference after last Monday’s summit in Helsinki with Putin,
Trump cast doubt on the consensus of the US intelligence community that Russia meddled in the election.
The next day, Trump walked back those remarks, saying he misspoke when he said there’s no reason why Russia “would” disrupt the election and should have said “wouldn’t.”
Gowdy said Trump should be more precise when talking on the world stage.
“When you’re the leader of the free world, every syllable matters and you really shouldn’t have to be correcting it when you’re the president,” he said.
Despite the Commander-in-Chief’s wavering over the Kremlin’s involvement, Gowdy said he doesn’t believe Trump colluded with Russian officials.
“I have not seen one scintilla of evidence that this president colluded, conspired, confederated with Russia. And neither has anyone else, or you may rest assured Adam Schiff would have leaked it,” he said referring to Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that is investigating Russian involvement in the election.
Published at Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:11:32 +0000