Congress should look into impeachment of President Donald Trump because of the way he comported himself last month in the summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and how his is “bear hugging” him, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., said Sunday.
“If President Clinton or President Obama had gone to Helsinki and done what President Trump had done, you would already have impeachment hearings going on,” McAuliffe told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This president went over, with Putin, who is our sworn enemy . . . what he has done all over the globe, this is not our friend; he is not our ally.
“Russia’s economy is smaller than Italy. They are our 30th trading partner. Why is [Trump] over there elevating this country and this president to a level of a super power, which they are not.”
Immediately after the July summit, McAuliffe tweeted a call for censure of the sitting U.S. president.
The Senate needs to censure Trump for his conduct at Helsinki with Putin. America is under attack and he does nothing. He has violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend…against all enemies foreign and domestic. Republicans need to co-sponsor the resolution.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 17, 2018
Impeachment should be on the table in Congress now, McAuliffe told CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“I think there’s something we ought to look at, clearly, what [Trump] has done with Putin – he is a foe, he fights us every single day, we’re battling him all over the globe including what’s happening in Ukraine, what’s going on in Syria today,” McAuliffe said. “There has to be a reason why he’s over there acting the way he acts about Putin.
“. . . This man is our enemy. He fights us, and do not forget they came into the 2016 election, they came in and tried to destroy the greatest democracy in the world, the United States of America. We cannot forget that and now we’re hearing this week that they are continuing their efforts. They are undermining our country.
“He is our enemy, and we should should fight him and quit bear hugging like Trump likes to do.”
McAuliffe is stumping for Democrats to retake control of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections and might even be pushing to run against President Trump in 2020.
“We’ll see what happens with 2020,” McAuliffe told Tapper. “I bristle when I hear about 2020 because we have so much at stake, 36 governors, the House and Senate. Our future is on the line this year.
“These candidates should not be talking about 2020. We have too much at stake. We need to make sure we have a check and balance on President Trump.”
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