Reed, Flake, Blumenthal

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Reed: (4:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "That was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Last Friday the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 press - 2016 presidential election. Despite being briefed on these developments, President Trump chose to decide with Putin on election interference. It's unconscionable that an American president standing on foreign soil chose to play Putin's press secretary rather than take the word of his own intelligence officials, career professionals who put their lives on the line for the safety and security of all Americans."


Senator Flake: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "And I hope more of my Republican colleagues will speak about the spectacle yesterday in Helsinki. I said yesterday that I never thought that I would see a president of the United States stand with the president of Russia and blame the United States for Russian aggression. I said yesterday that that was shameful. I feel the same today. Today the president said that the press conference had been misinterpreted by the fake news media. I would say to the president that we all watched the press conference, and it wasn't the fake news media that sided with the Russian president over our own intelligence agencies. It was you."


Senator Blumenthal: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Those blinking lights, based on objective and unvarnished evidence, as he put it, of a pervasive continuing attack should bring us together as a legislative body and as a country. So this issue really is not about Donald Trump, as much as it is about our nation. The summit in a sense realized our worst fears, indeed our deepest nightmare. At best it was going to be a gift to President Putin because it legitimized him and elevated him on the world stage. Even if no words followed that private meeting. The truth is, as it happened, the president of the United States was a puppet, a Patsy, a pushover."