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Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto issued an uncharacteristically strong condemnation of President Donald Trump on Monday, calling his performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin “disgusting.”
After a guest on Cavuto’s show, “Your World,” argued that the joint press conference “was the time and the place for the president to look Putin squarely in the eye” and warn him to never interfere in a US election again, Cavuto condemned Trump’s failure to challenge Putin.
“But he didn’t. And that’s what made it disgusting, that’s what made his performance disgusting,” Cavuto interjected. “I’m sorry, it’s the only way I feel. It’s not a right or left thing to me, it’s just wrong.”
Cavuto went on to argue that Trump’s refusal to call out Russian meddling in the 2016 election is harmful to American interests.
In an exchange with Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney, Cavuto, expressing his shock, suggested Trump’s performance could be blamed on “jet lag and time differences.”
While Cavuto is occasionally critical of the president and his administration, FBN has grown its large audience on the backs of right-leaning anchors who largely embrace Trump’s economic and cultural vision.
Trump’s press conference with Putin was the first between the US and Russian presidents in nearly a decade.
“He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said of his Russian counterpart. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
The press conference occurred after Putin and Trump held a meeting in which they were joined only by translators. Trump was widely criticized, including by former CIA Director John Brennan, for meeting with Putin alone.
Trump said that Monday’s meeting helped improve US-Russia relations dramatically.
“Our relationship has never been worse than it is now,” Trump said. “However, that changed as of about four hours ago.”
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Caleb Newton – July 20, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump’s strangely friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is well documented at this point. That friendliness drove a recent Trump/Putin summit to the front of the national U.S. political conversation thanks to how much Trump suckered up to the dictatorial leader.
He left the U.S. and its intelligence community behind — including current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who he appointed.
Coats has countered Trump on the severity and certainty of Russian election meddling this week, and it’s left some unnamed presidential advisers angry, according to The Washington Post. They’re upset about the “optics” of a Thursday appearance Coats made in Aspen, Colorado, where he spoke to reporter Andrea Mitchell about topics including Trump and Russian meddling. They take the interview to be “especially damaging,” according to the outlet.
One adviser, remaining unnamed, went so far as to quip: ‘Coats has gone rogue.’
Coats’ time at the Aspen Security Forum was marked by instances including him learning for the first time that after the contentious recent Trump/Putin summit, Trump decided to invite the Russian leader to the White House later this fall. The last time he came to the U.S., he attended the 70th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015; at that time, he held a meeting with then-President Barack Obama. Before that, he hadn’t visited the U.S. since the closing years of the George W. Bush administration in 2007.
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