The relationship between Donald Trump and Russia has been well documented as one based mostly on seeing how intensely that the president can sucker up to the Russians. He’s led a charge to get Americans to trust the Russian government when there is no reason to, and while his base has fallen for it, the rest of us haven’t.
In an early Thursday tweet, Trump pinned the blame for the state of Russian relations with the United States on Congress, and Sen. John McCain was one of many to clap back.
Seemingly willfully ignorant of history, Trump wrote:
‘Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!’
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
Trump pinning the blame for the tension in the American relationship with Russia comes on the heels of Congress passing a new sanctions bill against Russia with an overwhelming majority. Although Trump, in the face of a veto-proof majority in Congress, signed the measure, he did so grudgingly, calling it “significantly flawed.”
What Trump seems to be completely ignorant of here is the fact that no, it’s not Congress’ fault that the United States’ relationship with Russia is currently on the edge of a cliff, so to speak. For one, it didn’t just get there, and secondly, Russia is the one to have carried out a systematic campaign of aggression against the United States, most recently manifested in their efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.
McCain subtweeted the president to point this out on Thursday, writing:
‘Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies.’
Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 3, 2017
McCain has long established himself as an ardent opponent of the Trump Administration on a number of issues, including that of their foreign policy when it comes to Russia. As McCain accurately notes, the recently passed sanctions bill didn’t come out of nowhere. Rather, Russia carried out a systematic campaign designed to alter the outcome of the 2016 presidential election — and they were somewhat successful.
Russia has also carried out such aggressive acts as the invasion of the Ukraine — and yet, Trump remains on their side anyway.
Check out Twitter’s thoughts about McCain’s tweet below.
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