'Get Your Butt on a Plane Back to the United States'
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed Friday afternoon that he had briefed President Trump on the indictment of 12 Russian government officials for hacking during the U.S. election. The indictments are so serious some are calling it an act of war.
And yet, during his trip to the UK, President Trump – knowing about the indictments – told reporters he would "ask" – not charge, not show proof, but ask – President Vladimir Putin about the "meddling."
"I don't think you'll have any, um, 'Gee, I did it I did it you got me,'" moment, Trump said, giving Putin an out before he even asks.
The White House has released a statement that takes a defensive posture, and does not in any way condemn Russia:
First WH statement on Mueller indictments lacks any condemnation of Russia or the hacks whatsoever. https://t.co/AGsg0oxlvE
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) July 13, 2018
Political scientist Brian Klass earlier today noted that, "this week, Trump was aware of a British woman murdered with a Russian nerve agent & 12 pending indictments of Russian intelligence agents who attacked American democracy when he lashed out at NATO allies & the UK government while simultaneously praising the Kremlin."
Trump will be meeting with Putin in private, with no Americans or U.S. government officials in the room.
In the light of today's indictments, many are insisting Trump must cancel his meeting with Putin.
Take a look:
In light of the charges against 12 GRU officers announced by Rod Rosenstein, @realDonaldTrump should cancel his meeting with Putin, who ordered the attack on the US. @POTUS shouldn't meet Putin until he accepts responsibility. And Trump should definitely not meet him alone. https://t.co/bP71DdGOHB
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 13, 2018
Upon hearing Rosenstein's announcement just now, Trump should immediately cancel his Putin meeting.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) July 13, 2018
Given indictments that Russian military intelligence tried to hack our voting system, Congress must call on Trump to cancel his one-on-one summit with Putin. When will Republicans finally put our country first and uphold their oath!!!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 13, 2018
Cancel the Putin meeting. Now. https://t.co/SqdhVDafH7
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 13, 2018
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 13, 2018
DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections. @realDonaldTrump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 13, 2018
Following AG #Rosenstein's announcement of #Mueller's newest #indictments against #Russian officials, I call on @realDonaldTrump to cancel his meeting w/#Putin,who has consistently lied about election interference.— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 13, 2018
They are attacking our country, Mr. President. Enough is enough.
Why is he meeting with Putin? Cancel the damned thing.— John Weaver (@JWGOP) July 13, 2018
If Republicans don't call on Trump to cancel his summit with Putin then they're just as complicit as him in Russia's attack against America— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) July 13, 2018
"@POTUS, who apparently knew about these #indictments before leaving for #Europe, should immediately cancel his meeting with President #Putin. If he does not, it would be an egregious insult to the American people and our democracy.” https://t.co/MTPEFs9JBE #TrumpPutinSummit— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 13, 2018
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