Can’t Take a Joke: Dems Jump on Trump After He Jokingly Told Putin to Not Meddle in 2020 Election

  • At the G-20 summit, a smirking President Trump wryly told Russian President Vladimir Putin to not “meddle” in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This is the first meeting between the two leaders since the Mueller report concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  • Trump wagged his finger at Putin and said: “Don’t meddle in the election, please.” Putin smiled at Trump’s remark.
  • According to U.S. intelligence, “Russia was behind an effort to influence the presidential election with a state-authorized campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.”
  • However, Trump “did not side with U.S. intelligence agencies over his Russian counterpart” and didn’t come down hard enough on Putin, according to some critics.
  • Russia has repeatedly said that it did not meddle in the 2016 election, and Putin called it “mythical interference.”
  • Before Trump made his light-hearted remark, he was asked by a reporter if he would scold Putin about meddling in which he replied “of course.”
  • Democrats jumped on Trump’s light-hearted remarks to Putin and said they diminished Russia’s role in meddling in the 2016 election.
  • Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “Putin’s the only one laughing…President Trump is basically giving Putin a green light to interfere in 2020.”
  • Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Russian meddling is “not a joking matter.”
  • Trump and Putin are known for their relatively strong relationship. In a Friday interview, Putin called Trump a “talented person who knew how to relate to voters.”
  • Trump said that he and Putin have a “very, very good relationship” and said “many positive things are going to come out of the relationship.”
  • A former ambassador under President Obama wrote: “Trump’s admiration and appeasement of Putin is so bizarre. I can’t think of one concrete U.S. interest that has been advanced by Trump’s behavior.”

Reference Links

  • BBC: G20 summit: Trump jokes to Putin about Russian election meddling READ
  • The Guardian: Trump jokes to Putin they should ‘get rid’ of journalists READ
  • Deadline: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Joke About Election Tampering, “Fake News” READ
  • AP: Democrats pan Trump’s election meddling joke with Putin READ

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