Congressman Cohen Condemns Trump’s Performance in Helsinki

July 16, 2018
Press Release
President appears to take Putin’s word over U.S. intelligence on election meddling


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) condemned the disgraceful and embarrassing comments by President Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Trump’s remarks accepting the Russian’s denial of election meddling is an attack on American democracy.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Today, the President of the United States stood next to the President of Russia and criticized American intelligence agencies, attacked Democrats, and said the U.S. has been ‘foolish.’  Such words have never before been heard from a U.S. President.  For Trump to stand beside Putin, who has killed journalists and political opponents, while discounting the findings of his own Department of Justice about Russian interference in our elections, is reprehensible.  Our President declined to say whether he believed the findings of his own intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice or Putin’s denial of interference in our elections by saying ‘I don’t see any reason why’ Russia would have interfered in our elections. 

“All of this comes on the heels of Trump’s saying about the European Union, our allies, ‘I think the European Union is a foe.’

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said on Friday that ‘the warning lights are blinking red again,’ adding that ‘the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.’

“Trump’s submissive posturing to Putin is an insult to every American and especially the men and women of the Armed Services and the FBI whose job is to preserve our American values. It is unprecedented.  It is appalling. It is incomprehensible. Former CIA Director John Brennan called the Helsinki performance ‘nothing short of treasonous.’

“Trump did not put America first.”