John McCain Sends Dire Warning To Trump If He Goes Through With Putin Meeting: ‘There Will Be A Serious Price To Pay’
GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) warned Donald Trump that he should hold Russian President Vladimir Putin “accountable” for interfering with the U.S. election and that he should cancel their meeting scheduled for next week.
McCain said in a statement:
“President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”
McCain’s statement came after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced on Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016.
McCain has become the first Republican lawmaker to urge Trump to cancel the meeting after multiple Democratic lawmakers told Trump the same thing.
McCain claimed that the new indictments were the latest in a “body of evidence confirming an extensive plot” by the Russian government to influence the election and “sow chaos and dissension” within the United States.
“Despite repeated warnings from our nation’s top intelligence and military leaders, the Kremlin’s efforts to weaken our institutions have continued unabated with insufficient action taken by the administration or Congress to strengthen our cyber defenses, safeguard our election systems, and deter further destabilizing activities,” McCain concluded.