Sen. Mark Warner: Vladimir Putin will ‘take advantage’ of Donald Trump

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sunday predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin will “Take advantage” of President Trump during their Monday meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

“Vladimir Putin is a trained KGB agent. He may come in with maps of Syria or maps of Ukraine, and frankly I think he’ll take advantage of this president, who we know doesn’t do much prep work before these meetings,” Sen. Mark Warner said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We need other individuals from his administration in the room so we know at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don’t interfere in future U.S. elections,” the Virginia Democrat said.

The plan is for Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin to meet Monday in Helsinki with only interpreters present and no other aides.

Mr. Warner and other Democratic senators recently wrote to Mr. Trump saying he should cancel the meeting “If you are not prepared to make Russia’s attack on our election the top issue you will discuss.”

“The reason why we have difficult relations with Russia is not because of the Mueller probe, but because Russia intervened in our election,” Mr. Warner said.

The Justice Department on Friday announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officers who are accused of stealing Democratic emails and attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


Sen. Warner says more Americans should be in Trump-Putin meeting

Sen. Warner says more Americans should be in Trump-Putin meeting

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said Sunday that he wants more Americans to accompany President Donald Trump during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Trump is set to meet with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, as part of his foreign trip through Europe.

Warner, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that he believes Putin could take advantage of Trump.

The Virginia senator was among the top Democrats in Congress who called for Trump to cancel his upcoming summit with Putin after the Justice Department announced the indictments.

Democrats have expressed concerns about Trump’s ability to sit down and challenge Putin during a one-on-one meeting.

Warner said that although Putin will not likely deliver those military intelligence agents to the US, he wants Trump to ask for them.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he believes no matter well how the summit with Putin goes, he’ll face criticism from Democrats and the media.

 

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