John McCain is not holding back what he thinks about Trump bowing down before Putin – once again.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that both the Kremlin and Trump have confirmed that Trump called Russian president Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his recent election win.
Continuing, The Washington Post noted that “Some world leaders have hesitated to congratulate Putin, since his reelection occurred in an environment of state control of much of the news media and his most prominent opponent was barred from the ballot,” but that didn’t seem to have any impact on Trump whatsoever.
ABC News reported that: “While the president said he congratulated Putin on his win, the White House has not explicitly said whether the administration believes the Russian elections were free and fair, with White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley only saying that ‘we are not surprised by the outcome.'”
As Twitter noted, neither were most people:
— Political Cartoons (@PolToons) March 19, 2018
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— Leahy Cartoons (@leahycartoons) March 20, 2018
ABC News went on to report that “Republican Sen. John McCain said Trump had ‘insulted’ Russians denied a chance to vote.”
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime,” McCain said in a statement.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018
McCain has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, most recently posting a tweet earlier this week defending Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller in the wake of Trump’s weekend Twitter-Tantrum lashing out at Mueller and his team of investigators, the Department of Justice, the FBI, recently fired former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, and former FBI director James Comey.
Special Counsel Mueller has served our country with honesty and integrity. It’s critical he be allowed to complete a thorough investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — unimpeded.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 18, 2018