Skeptical McConnell distances from Trump on Russian Federation, travel ban
Feb 07 2017
In a Fox News interview, Trump, who during the campaign repeatedly praised Putin, again said he respected the Russian leader and hoped to get along with Moscow, and he seemed to equate the United States with its adversary when pressed by host Bill O'Reilly, who said, "But he's a killer though".
He also slammed Trump's lambasting of the "so-called judge", who ruled against his executive order, suggesting that the administration should adhere to the court order.
"I think the states can take a look at this issue", he added.
Republican leaders yesterday loudly rejected several of President Trump's tweets and remarks prompted reactions - raising the prospect of fissures that could detract from Trump's efforts to move his agenda through Congress. I say it's better to get along with Russian Federation than not. 'I mean the courts are going to decide whether the executive order the president issued is valid or not. "There are a lot of killers". "No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does", McConnell said. I think there is a clear distinction here that all Americans understand.
Also, no word yet on whether McConnell will stand up to a Trump budget that promises to blow a hole in the deficit.
McConnell told CNN's Jake Tapper that election fraud occurs but "there is no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election". "Many of them have tried to tighten their voter rolls - tried to purge people who are dead and otherwise not eligible to vote - and I think we ought to leave that at the state level".
Unlike most major American politicians, Trump has largely avoided criticizing the Russian president, who has garnered bipartisan criticism for the well-documented human rights abuses perpetrated by the Russian government against its own people.
"Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban".
The Kentucky Republican also spoke against Putin and reunification of Crimea. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was more direct. But there is a fine line here between proper vetting and interfering with the kind of travel or suggesting some kind of religious test.
While he said it's important to thoroughly vet refugees and other travelers from countries with active terrorist cells, he cautioned against going too far. We all follow court orders. "And we need to avoid doing that kind of thing".
McConnell and Trump disagree on other areas, as well. In a second tweet, he said the United States should lift sanctions on Russian Federation only if it ends its violations in Ukraine.