After Donald Trump’s disastrous summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the American president threw his country’s intelligence agencies under the bus to appease a dictator, there are now calls from the right for Trump to be formally censured in Congress.
The Weekly Standard, an ultra-conservative news magazine, has called for the Republican-controlled Congress to officially censure Trump for his failure to hold Putin accountable for interfering in the 2016 Presidential election. In an editorial from the magazine’s editors, they stated they “were appalled and saddened” by Trump’s remarks which seemed to side with Putin’s denials of interference over the assessments of the U.S. as well as the global intelligence community.
His words on Monday encouraged the nation’s enemies, insulted its intelligence officers, made the president himself look like a fool, and thus brought disgrace on the presidency,” the Standard’s editors wrote.
However, the editors admitted that although censuring the president “would be largely symbolic … symbols matter.”
It would be no small thing for congressional Republicans to declare, in a formal manner, that a president who coddles and defends an anti-American despot doesn’t deserve their support,” they wrote.
“Passage of a censure resolution by the House or Senate would bring no concrete consequences, but it would be a powerful statement from the GOP that the party’s leaders will not simply ignore or excuse a sitting U.S. president of either party openly crediting America’s enemies at the expense of its public servants — and of the truth,” the editorial reads.
Trump’s weak comments on Russia’s election meddling drew widespread criticism from across the political spectrum as well as from the U.S. intelligence community.
Despite the conclusions of U.S. intelligence, Trump made his allegiance very clear during Monday’s press conference in Helsinki when the U.S. president proclaimed:
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said
We are living in very strange and ominous times.
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