In response to comments President Trump made in an interview with Bill O’Reilly aired on Monday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on New Day Tuesday, “If you want to believe the worst here, if you want to believe that Putin is literally pulling the strings of this administration, then this is exactly how it would play out.”
Trump told O’Reilly that he did not consider an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine an insult, saying the pro-Russia separatist command-and-control situation remained unclear. Murphy disputed this assertion, claiming instead that Putin is obviously calling the shots in the ongoing civil war.
Murphy then dove into conspiracy theories, implying that Putin directed White House policy.
Murphy laid out the following case for a Russia-controlled administration: “You would have the president of the United States clouding the case as to whether Russia is controlling this insurgency in eastern Ukraine. You would have him hinting at the withdrawal of sanctions. You would making moral equivalences between Putin’s killing of journalists and political opponents, and U.S. military activities.”
Murphy called for House and Senate investigations to uncover Trump’s Russia connections.
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