Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright condemned the president’s conduct at the recent summit with Russia.
On television, in print, and on Twitter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright went out of her way to condemn the president’s behavior at the summit with Russia calling it “un-American, outrageous, ridiculous, stupid.”
She went on to say that she could not, “even think of all the adjectives that I think should really be attributed to that behavior.”
“One has to push back, not just agree, ‘Oh you’re so smart’ and ‘Thank you so much for helping’, and a variety of other things that are unacceptable for an American president to say ever.” — Albright
Albright served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton and was the first woman to ever hold the position.
She is joined in her criticism by multiple government officials, including members of the president’s own party.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who rarely contradicts the president, disagreed with his assessment of the U.S. intelligence community.
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.” — Ryan
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose last shreds of personal dignity have disintegrated over Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment, broke with the president on this matter.
“I’ve said a number of times and I say it again, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.” — McConnell
The president has since tried to walk back his statements by saying that he does believe the U.S. intelligence community when they say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election but continues to stick to his favorite refrain, “no collusion.”
“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.” — the 45th president of the United States
His efforts have done little to quench the bipartisan outrage, however.
Unfortunately, as we’ve seen before, any amount of outrage against the president seems to have little to no effect on him or his administration.
During his campaign, he claimed he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and not lose any voters — today it appears he can speak treasonous words alongside a foreign leader and not face any consequences.