U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is blasting President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday, calling it "shocking and disgraceful."
“When given the chance to condemn Russia’s actions, Donald Trump refused again and again. He instead suggested a false moral equivalence between America and Russia, a nation that invaded and annexed a portion of a sovereign country against international law, shot down flight MH-17 killing nearly 300 innocent souls and interfered in America’s elections as well as those of our allies," said Duckworth. "Russia poisons innocent civilians around the globe and props up a brutal dictator who gasses his own people in Syria. Donald Trump is wrong. There can be no moral equivalence drawn between the United States of America and Putin’s Russia.”
Duckworth called on Republicans to stop turning a "blind eye" against the "very real possibility that Vladimir Putin has compromised our commander in chief and turned him, perhaps without his knowledge, into a Russian asset."