Mark Warner: ‘I’m Stunned’ Trump Won’t Call Out Putin on Hacking

‘One of the things I’m most worried about, we need to have other Americans in the room’


WARNER: "Jake, our committee will layout what the Obama Administration and FBI should have done or shouldn’t have done shortly. But the basic facts remain. The reason why we have difficult relations with Russia is not because of the Mueller probe but because Russia intervened in our elections. They hacked into the democratic national committee and hacked into Hillary Clinton’s team. They interfered in over 20 states electoral systems. They used social media in ways that were unprecedented. This was a full-on assault on our democratic system and matter of fact, as the intelligence committee assessment made and our committee reaffirmed, they did it with the intent of helping trump and hurting Clinton. That’s the reason why we have difficult relations with Russia and I’m stunned that this president will not call out Vladimir Putin or Russia’s bad behavior. One of the things I’m most worried about, we need to have other Americans in the room. Vladimir Putin is a trained kgb agent. He may come in with maps of Syria, maps of Ukraine and frankly, I think he’ll take advantage of this president who we know doesn’t do much prep work before these meetings. We need other individuals from his administration in the room so we know that at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don’t interfere in future U.S. Elections. As a matter of fact, this is not just happening with us. I’m meeting tomorrow with parliamentarians from across nato countries who have also been the victim of Russian intervention. I wish we would have that same kind of attention from the president."

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