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Old 07-12-2018, 01:16 PM
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Arrow John Mccain slams Trump's Nato performance: 'Putin is our enemy' and must be held 'ac


Arizona Republican Senator John McCain issued a scathing rebuke Thursday of President Donald Trump’s performance at the annual NATO summit, calling it “disappointing, yet unsurprising” and urged the president to “hold Putin accountable” during Trump’s meeting next week with the Russian President.

“[Vladimir] Putin is not America’s friend, nor merely a competitor,” McCain said. “Putin is America’s enemy—not because we wish it so, but because he has chosen to be.”

While at the NATO summit, Trump said all he can say to Putin at next week’s meeting in Helsinki, Finland, about Russian election interference in the 2016 election is to “don't do it again.”

“What am I going to do?” Trump said at a press conference at the conclusion of the NATO summit. “All I can do is say ‘Did you?’ and ‘Don’t do it again. But he may deny it. You’ll be the first to know.” He added that Putin was “not my enemy” and “hopefully, someday, he’ll be a friend. It could happen.”

McCain listed Putin’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, his continued support of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad that kills its own people and his attack on the 2016 election all as reasons why Putin “has chosen to be” America’s enemy.

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1. As all eyes turn to #Helsinki, @POTUS must reverse his disturbing tendency to show America’s adversaries the deference & esteem that should be reserved for our allies. He must be strong with #Putin & show willingness to defend the US & our allies against those who threaten us.

2. #Putin is not our friend nor merely a competitor. Putin is our enemy—not b/c we wish it so, but b/c he has chosen to be. He chose to invade Ukraine & annex Crimea. He chose to help Assad slaughter Syrians. He chose to attack our election & undermine democracies around the world. 10:37 AM - Jul 12, 2018

“It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki,” McCain said. “Failure to do so would be a serious indictment of his stewardship of American leadership in the world.”

The Republican Senator has long voiced outspoken criticism of Trump’s praise for the Russian leader.

During the summit with NATO leaders at the defense alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, which McCain called “disappointing, yet ultimately unsurprising,” Trump seemed to shock world leaders on multiple occasions.

The president accused Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia,” reportedly spent part of a dinner bragging to allies about his unprecedented meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, demanded that NATO double its military spending target and said he “probably [could]” withdraw the U.S. from NATO without congressional approval but that it’s “unnecessary.”

As Trump used Wednesday's breakfast to accuse Germany of being “captive to Russia” and demanding countries pay more into the alliance, even the president’s own Chief of Staff John Kelly, who sat feet away from Trump at the table, seemed noticeably uncomfortable. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later claimed the displeased look on Kelly’s face was because “he was hoping for a full breakfast and they only had pastries and cheese.”


I second Senator McCain's thoughts - Putin (Russia) is not our Friend contrary to what Trump says. NK & China are also not our friends. Trump is playing a deadly game of which our backsides are showing and I've got an ugly feeling about these so called new "Buddies" of the US.


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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