Doyle Statement on Trump-Putin Summit
July 16, 2018
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s meeting and press conference today with Vladimir Putin:
“The President’s behavior today was outrageous.
“The President should have told Putin in no uncertain terms that Russian interference in any future US elections will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, he did nothing of the sort.
“He should have pressed Putin about supporting a brutal genocidal regime in Syria. He did not.
“He should have insisted that Russia stop destabilizing countries along its border – like Ukraine – and reverse its recent seizure of Crimea in violation of international norms; he did nothing like that.
“He should have insisted that Putin stop killing journalists, his critics, and his political opponents; apparently he didn’t get to that, either.
“Instead, he accepted Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and he denigrated our law enforcement and intelligence agencies for investigating it.
“He blamed the United States for the poor relations between our two countries, rather than Russia’s many violations of international law – from imprisoning and assassinating critics to undermining foreign governments and invading other countries outright.
“Donald Trump advanced Russia’s international agenda today, not our country’s. He disgraced the United States and betrayed the values our country holds dear – democracy, human rights, and a government of laws, not money and power. His behavior was nothing short of shocking and shameful.”