Sen. John McCain called President Trump “disgraceful,” naive, and egoistical after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Finland, the Daily Beast reports.
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” McCain said in a statement. “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.” McCain continued, “Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. … These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime….”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in statement, “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.” Sen. Jeff Flake called the meeting “shameful.” Sen. Lindsey Graham said Trump’s statements were a “sign of weakness. ”