President Trump recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has not proven to be an effective outside voice in Trump’s administration, toed the Trump line by describing the meeting between Trump and Putin as “positive” and that “there was not a lot of relitigating of the past.”
Tillerson added that, instead of considering retribution against Russia, that it was of greater importance “to go forward.”
Before the meeting even occurred, Trump already poured cold water on the idea that Russia interfered with the election, stating that he “couldn’t be sure it was Russia.” He said that he thought “other countries may have been behind it.”
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer recently spoke out and condemned Trump and Tillerson, charging them with a “grave dereliction of duty” by backing Russia’s statements about interfering in the 2016 election over the U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusions.
Wrote Schumer in a powerful, uncompromising statement released following the Trump-Putin meeting, “President Trump had an obligation to bring up Russia’s interference in our election with Putin, but he has an equal obligation to take the word of our Intelligence Community rather than that of the Russian President.”
He continued, “For Secretary Tillerson to say this issue will remain unresolved is disgraceful. To give equal credence to the findings of the American Intelligence Community and the assertion by Mr. Putin is a grave dereliction of duty and will only encourage Russia to further interfere in our elections in the future. Working to compromise the integrity of our election process cannot and should not be an area where ‘agree to disagree’ is an acceptable conclusion.
Congress and Americans of all political persuasions and parties should do all they can to increase sanctions on Russia and prevent the reduction of any sanctions by the executive branch.” Do you think this constitutes a dereliction of duty? Listen to Tillerson’s description of the meeting below: