Connecticut Democrats blast Trump’s meeting with Putin

President Donald Trump capped off his dramatic appearance at the annual NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday by teasing another controversial possibility, saying he would not rule out ceasing NATO military exercises in the Baltic States if Russian leader Vladimir Putin requested it during their upcoming meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Full Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

HARTFORD  — Some of Connecticut’s top Democratic politicians are sharply criticizing Republican President Donald Trump’s remarks following his historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued some of the sharpest remarks Monday, calling the president’s comments and actions “Shameful. Treasonous. Terrifying.” He says the Trump is “either in way over his head or does not have our nation’s best interests at heart.”

Standing next to Putin, Trump questioned U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia was to blame for meddling in the 2016 election to his benefit.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the president’s “so-called summit was a gift to Vladimir Putin, legitimizing his cyber-attack on America and elevating him on the world stage.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is accusing Trump of “total capitulation to Putin.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said in a statement :

“President Trump’s joint press conference with autocrat Vladimir Putin set a new foreign policy low—even for his shameful presidency. It is outrageous that he would publicly take Putin’s side over our nation’s intelligence agencies—especially so soon after Special Counsel Mueller’s latest indictments that provided further evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

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