‘Never Allow It In The WH’: Lindsey Graham Sounds The Alarm After Putin Gives Trump ‘Special Gift’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday warned President Trump to check the special gift he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin “for listening devices.”
“If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House,” Graham tweeted, referring to the soccer ball Trump threw to his wife at the end of his press conference with Putin. Trump said the World Cup ball was a special gift from Putin.
The South Carolina Republican also said Trump and Putin’s joint press conference was a “missed opportunity by President Trump.”
“Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections,” Graham tweeted.
Trump during the press conference downplayed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials who hacked U.S. systems.
While the U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded the Kremlin interfered in the recent election, Trump said he doesn’t “see any reason why it would be” Russia who hacked Democrats in 2016.
He said the US’ “stupidity and foolishness” is to blame for the poor relationship between the two countries. He also blamed Mueller’s probe for keeping the countries “separated” and said “there was no collusion at all.”
Media figures and lawmakers from both parties have responded to the press conference with outrage and disbelief, with many claiming Trump’s denial of Russian meddling amounts to treason.
“This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves,” Graham tweeted after the press conference, joining the ranks of GOP lawmakers who are expressing dissatisfaction with Trump’s denial of Russian influence.
Finally, if it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 16, 2018