House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) lashed out at President Trump on Twitter, alleging he has been acting like Putin’s “puppet” in relaying the theory Ukraine, not Russia, interfered with the 2016 elections.
Waters was apparently responding to a Dec. 19 article in which several unnamed White House officials were recorded expressing their concerns about the possibility Trump could be influenced by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Revelation by former WH officials proves what we’ve known all along: Trump is #PutinsPuppet,” Waters tweeted. “Trump repeated Putin’s talking point that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the ‘16 election. Mark my words. If the Senate doesn’t remove him, Trump will invite Putin to the WH next yr,” Waters wrote in her Twitter post on Saturday.
Revelation by former WH officials proves what we've known all along: Trump is #PutinsPuppet. Trump repeated Putin's talking point that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the ‘16 election. Mark my words. If the Senate doesn't remove him, Trump will invite Putin to the WH next yr.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) December 21, 2019
Waters also claimed that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a secret deal, but admitted she doesn’t have evidence to back up her theory.
Appearing on CNN’s “OutFront” on Dec. 16, Waters said she thinks Trump and Putin made a secret deal that would result in the president lifting sanctions on Russia. She was responding to host Erin Burnett, who noted that critics say Democrats have been attempting to impeach Trump since he was elected.
“I had done some research. I knew about his alignment with Putin. I knew about [Paul] Manafort and what the relationship was. And the fact that he had been sent there by Putin, in essence, to head up the president’s campaign. Because I believe, even though I don’t have the facts to prove it, I believe that Putin wanted to lift the sanctions,” Waters alleged.
“He’s always wanted to lift these sanctions that were placed on him because of his interfering and incursion into Crimea. So I believe that they wanted to elect President Trump. And Trump, I believe, agreed. I will always believe this, that he agreed that if he got elected, he would lift those sanctions. He would like to do it. He’s not been able to do it.”
Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.