Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has sparred with President Donald Trump on more than one occasion, and their already adversarial relationship is certain to become even more heated now that Waters has referred to Trump as “Putin’s apprentice.”
Waters made the comment in an interview with MSNBC’s AM Joy. During the same interview, Waters suggested that Republicans should do more to curb the president’s notoriously impulsive nature. She also took Trump to task for his decision to side with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia orchestrated cyberattacks against the 2016 presidential election.
I’m not surprised about what happened in Helsinki. I’m not surprised about the private meeting. I’m not surprised about this president standing up for Putin. As a matter of fact, I think he is Putin’s apprentice. He’s been under his tutelage for a long time now, and he intends to get it done and the American people are standing idly by. And the Republican Party should be ashamed that they are allowing it to happen.
They have no courage. They’re not standing up for America. I dare them to talk about how patriotic they are given what they are allowing this president to do.
.@RepMaxineWaters: [Republicans] have no guts. They have no courage. They're not standing up for America. I dare them to talk about how patriotic they are given what they are allowing this president to do. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/mlQd2NC96Y
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) July 22, 2018
— Bay Brat (@Bayl3rat) July 23, 2018
The praise that Trump has continued to lavish on Putin is of increasing concern given what we know of Putin’s involvement in the presidential election, and accusations that Trump is “Putin’s puppet” have dogged him ever since. Having now referred to Trump as “Putin’s apprentice,” Waters found that this nickname for the president was well received.
Maxine on AM Joy about Trump: “I think he’s Putin’s Apprentice.” Wouldn’t Trump hate it if that trended? #PutinsApprentice
— Jennifer Gierat (@jfgierat) July 22, 2018
'Putin's apprentice': Maxine Waters is spot-on in her assessment of con-man quisling Trump's insidious reasons why his meeting with Putin needed to be private.
Trump has promised Putin he'll lift the sanctions, guaranteeing him the ability to plunder millions of dollars. #AMJoy
— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 22, 2018
Auntie Maxine @RepMaxineWaters is GOING IN and she is 100% RIGHT! It is about the sanctions. She is right when she states NO ONE was lending to Trump except Russian banks run by oligarchs. They hate her for it and WE LOVE HER FOR IT.
SHE CALLED HIM PUTIN'S APPRENTICE 🤣 #AMJoy
— Too Early Too Much Elections Have Me Spent (@BillieJeanDavy) July 22, 2018
— Btrswet (@Btrswet) July 22, 2018
— Tracy Bains (@tbains) July 22, 2018
The relationship between Trump and Waters came to a head last month after the president accused Waters of advocating “harm” against his supporters in an incendiary tweet last month.