Andrew McCarthy, who has defended Trump against Mueller’s investigation into obstruction, is not in the president’s corner this morning after Trump threw the intelligence community under the bus:
Trump's kowtowing to Putin on election meddling was shameful. But the whole idea of meeting with Putin was wrong. He is a thug, an aggressor who annexes other countries' territory and assassinates people in Western cities. We do not need better relations with thugs.— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) July 16, 2018
It’s not just that McCarthy doesn’t agree with Trump’s ‘kowtowing’ to Putin on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but calls Putin a thug and says the meeting with Putin never should have happened in the first place!
Ben Shapiro was not a fan either:
So that was a disgrace. With that said, the real question is how seriously Putin takes Trump's verbiage. My guess: not very. This is the chief benefit of a White House that often runs independent of the president.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 16, 2018
Two things can be true at once.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 16, 2018
1. There's no solid evidence Trump colluded with Russia.
2. Russia certainly hacked the DCCC, DNC, and Hillary campaign.
Trump only believes 1, and thus disbelieves 2. Democrats believe 2 and thus don't believe 1. Both are wrong.
With that said, only Trump is the president - and his behavior today was self-serving and utterly grotesque.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 16, 2018
Here are a few other responses from Twitter:
Good. G-d. https://t.co/HOaPa1yvYx— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) July 16, 2018
If you're Dan Coats, what do you do? https://t.co/sRHjXQ0zH1— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 16, 2018
Based on this press conference, it's pretty clear that "President Putin has him." https://t.co/CmWEe2udk7— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) July 16, 2018
This is awful. https://t.co/PDnFGjOH5W— Rob Port (@robport) July 16, 2018
This really is Trump’s lowest moment. Not his tawdriest, but the lowest— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 16, 2018
Brah. https://t.co/jRd0ieqexp— Karol Markowicz (@karol) July 16, 2018