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Sen. John McCain blasts President Trump over Putin press conference

Posted: 12:40 PM, Jul 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-16 23:41:21Z

Sen. John McCain calls President Donald Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

The Arizona Republican says the summit with Putin in Helsinki was "a tragic mistake."

The senator says Trump proved not only unable, "but unwilling to stand up to Putin." And he said Trump and Putin "seemed to be speaking from the same script" as Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant."

McCain, who has been away from the Senate as he battles brain cancer , said the damage inflicted by Trump's "naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate."