President Donald Trump‘s comment equating Russia under Vladimir Putin to the United States has drawn sharp negative reactions from people in both parties.
Trump told Fox News in an interview set to air prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday that he respects Putin.
“I do respect him,” Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
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When O’Reilly said, “Putin is a killer,” Trump responded, “A lot of killers. We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”
Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted a reference to political assassinations to help draw the distinction between the U.S. and Putin’s Russia.
“When has a Democratic political activists been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin,” said the senator, who is a outspoken critic of the Russian president.
Similarly, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that while “there may be a broader context” to the point Trump was trying to make, “Let’s be clear. Has the U.S. ever made any mistakes? Of course. Is the U.S. at all like Putin’s regime? Not at all.”
“There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom-loving nation in the history of the world and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defense of his cronyism,” Sasse said.Read the rest HERE and follow links to related stories below
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