Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is demanding President Donald Trump cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of new indictments filed against Russian intelligence operatives for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
Schumer tweeted Trump should “cancel the Putin meeting now” on Friday after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled irrefutable proof that Russian intelligence attacked mounted a covert operation to influence American voters.
Cancel the Putin meeting. Now. https://t.co/SqdhVDafH7
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 13, 2018
Schumer’s request follows Rosenstein’s remarks during a press conference outlining that he informed the president of the Justice Department’s intent to indict Russian nationals earlier this week.
Schumer also issued a statement that read:
President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections. Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.
Other Democrats are echoing Schumer’s call to cancel the summit:
DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections. @realDonaldTrump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 13, 2018
In light of the charges against 12 GRU officers announced by Rod Rosenstein, @realDonaldTrump should cancel his meeting with Putin, who ordered the attack on the US. @POTUS shouldn't meet Putin until he accepts responsibility. And Trump should definitely not meet him alone. https://t.co/bP71DdGOHB
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 13, 2018
And now John McCain has weighed in as well, stopping just short of joining the calls for Trump to cancel his meeting.
John McCain says Trump shouldn't meet with Putin next week if he's not prepared to "hold Putin accountable." pic.twitter.com/7pYiee0iSW
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 13, 2018
Twitter replied with mockery of Trump and Putin’s curious bromance, as well as Trump’s inexplicable capitulation to Russian interests.
We don't want him!!! pic.twitter.com/FPYbaD3Xu2
— Broken Branch (@VLeeWalker2) July 13, 2018
More people should do this. pic.twitter.com/aiYnkXnfRr
— Patrick Randall (@PatrickRandall) July 13, 2018
— Bryan Redington (@BryanRedington) July 13, 2018
But since this meeting is critical to take care of the final details for the Russian hacking of our 2018 elections … Trump will tell America to kiss his ass … and go! pic.twitter.com/Aei0eYs69G
— John Moffitt (@JohnRMoffitt) July 13, 2018
He's got to check in with his handler. pic.twitter.com/sEOPrMB1dp
— Inappropriate Paige (@moxieontheedge) July 13, 2018
Responses to Schumer’s tweet included wishes for Trump to “defect to Russia” and calls for postponing Senate hearings on Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
Wouldn't that be the best thing in the world. The President of the United States defects to Russia seeking Asylum
— Pops (@otrdriver1) July 13, 2018
@realDonaldTrump is of no use to Putin if he isn't in the White House.
— Elizabeth (@EAKoyle) July 13, 2018
Senator: We are asking you and Congress to help stop the meeting. Do everything to stop it. #treason
— Catherine K DeGeer (@CatherineDeGeer) July 13, 2018
— Amy Stewart Hale (@penndragonArt) July 13, 2018
Civil rights lawyer Angel Guisado said the Senate should “indefinitely postpone [Brett] Kavanaugh’s confirmation process while a sitting president is under investigation for possible collusion with a foreign entity that brought about that same presidents election.”
Or, better yet, “indefinitely postpone Kavanaugh’s confirmation process while a sitting president is under investigation for possible collusion with a foreign entity that brought about that same presidents election.” Chuck baby, come on.
— Angelo Guisado (@VoltaireLaFlare) July 13, 2018
Cancel the Kavanaugh nomination.
— Erin Matson (@erintothemax) July 13, 2018
Concerns over potential Supreme Court rulings on the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, including whether the president could potentially pardon himself, or if a sitting president can be indicted, have been circulating through the political world since Trump announced his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.