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GOP’s Charlie Dent Seems To Enjoy Watching Santorum Struggle While Defending Trump On CNN

On Friday, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum struggled to defend Donald Trump’s quid pro quo proposal to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday morning, while his fellow Pennsylvania Republican, former Rep. Charlie Dent, laughed as Santorum’s argument fell apart.

During a panel discussion with CNN host John Berman, Santorum once again attempted to make the case that the president was withholding aid over Ukraine corruption and not because he was seeking dirt on political opponents — and didn’t fare well as Berman kept fact-checking him.

With the two former GOP lawmakers on split-screen, Santorum refused to concede that the president was asking for a personal favor during the phone-call that eventually led to a House impeachment inquiry into the president’s actions.

Santorum tried to accuse former President Barack Obama of also making deals with foreign leaders, only to get fat-checked by host Berman, who quickly set the record straight.

“He [Trump] said ‘I want you to do us a favor though.’ When somebody asks me for a favor, I typically think they want a favor,” Berman pressed to Dent’s amusement.

“He said I’m concerned about corruption and how it might affect the elections. He talked about 2016, that’s what he talked about,” Santorum replied.

“But after — but he asked for the favor after Zelensky made a request for the Javelins, the anti-tank weapons,” Berman shot back. “He said ‘I need a favor though.’ That was the issue.”

Santorum later conceded that what Trump did was “inappropriate,” but maintained that it was not impeachable.

Watch the exchange below, via CNN.


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