CNN host Jim Sciutto said that “dozens” of Republicans refused to go on-camera and discuss President Donald Trump’s disastrous meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sciutto thanked Republican Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania for not being a coward:
So our viewers know, we reached out to dozens of Republican lawmakers today to speak, to react to the president’s comments. I want to thank you for being the only one who said yes.
Costello said he was embarrassed and outraged by Trump’s “pathetic and weak” leadership:
Well, I was embarrassed. I think that I was outraged because I think that in all my years of having a tremendous respect for the institution of the presidency and its role around our globe, I’d never seen a more pathetic and weak display of American leadership as a president.
And it’s not explainable. It’s not defensible. And it’s something we should view, I think, with outrage and ask serious questions as to why our president would somehow cast doubt or create some equivalency between Vladimir Putin’s denial and the very substantive investigative powers of our law enforcement and intelligence communities, which made a determination and issued an indictment that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election.
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