GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy objected to President Donald Trump’s invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington, saying on Fox News on Sunday that the White House should take a firmer stance against Russia.
Gowdy, who is not running for re-election and is the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, said that Trump had missed “a really good opportunity” to stand up to Putin during the summit in Helsinki, and also appeared to suggest that national security officials resign if Trump refuses to embrace his intelligence community’s finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
“The evidence is overwhelming…The President either needs to rely on the people that he has chosen to advise him, or those advisers need to reevaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy said he was not objecting to Trump meeting with Putin, as he said the president “sometimes has to meet with people who we don’t have anything in common with.” But he encouraged the Trump administration to be more “judicious” in selecting who it invites to the country, suggesting that allies such as the UK, Canada and Australia should come first.
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