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During an appearance on CNN's New Day Wednesday morning, Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey criticized President Trump for often congratulating "leaders who are not democratically elected" and cast doubt on the President's desire to have a positive relationship with Russia, suggesting the Special Counsel's indictment of Russian nationals and organizations for interfering in the 2016 presidential election created an appearance of impropriety.
Dawsey wrote a story for The Washington Post alleging that President Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election despite pleadings from his national security team not to do so. According to Dawsey’s reporting, President Trump also neglected to bring up the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy residing in Britain during his phone call with his Putin, going against the advice of his advisers.
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Co-host Chris Cuomo then pressed Dawsey about the White House’s rationale for the “relatively light hand that the President uses with Putin.” Dawsey’s response seemed to rely heavily on the standard left-wing talk point that President Trump has an unhealthy sympathy toward autocratic regimes: “The President often congratulates leaders who are not democratically elected. You see him congratulating the Chinese President who has now made himself President for life, you see him congratulating the Turkish President, who is seen as a strong man. He often gives autocratic and dictators congratulations even when they win elections, even if the elections are not done like the United States elections are done.”
Dawsey then dismissed the White House’s counter-argument that the President has in fact taken a tough stance against Russia: “the President has said repeatedly he wants to have a positive relationship with Vladimir Putin. That has attracted a lot of scrutiny Chris because of, you know, the investigation into did Russians affect the election? There’s been charges now brought by Special Counsel Mueller showing...
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