WATCH: Maxine Waters Calls Donald Trump ‘Putin’s Apprentice’

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.

Waters said:

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.

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.

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.

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