Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey warned President Trump he shouldn’t “trust anything that comes out of” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mouth following yet another controversy over Kremlin meddling in the 2016 elections.
Toomey said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday that Trump is erring in listening to the continued assurances from Putin that he didn’t order an influence campaign on the 2016 presidential election, as is the conclusion of the American intelligence community.
Trump said last week he believes Putin when Putin tells him Russia didn’t interfere in the election, but walked that comment back Saturday and said he trusts the intelligence community.
“I don't spend a lot of time trying to evaluate and analyze why the president comes to the conclusions he comes to,” Toomey said.
“In my view, I think it's clear that President Putin orchestrated an effort to meddle and disrupt our elections. I think he does that routinely in western democracies. I think he has a variety of reasons for doing it. I don't think there's anything we can trust that comes out of Putin's mouth. I think he's dangerous man and a thug. That's a view of many of my colleagues.”
Trump met with Putin during his trip abroad to Asia, where he’s talked with many Asian leaders. He’s currently in the Philippines and met with Rodrigo Duterte, that country’s strongman leader, Saturday.