Vladimir Putin is not an American ally. He is an enemy. United States intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement: Russia conspired to influence our 2016 presidential election and there is no reason to believe they won’t try again in 2018.

If our President won’t stand up to Putin, Republicans must.

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Republicans need to trust the findings of our own intelligence agencies over the words of a foreign adversary. All Americans should want to know the truth about Russian interference into the 2016 election.

The Republican Consensus

“U.S-Russia relations remain at a historic low for one simple reason: Vladimir Putin is a committed adversary of the United States.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (AK)
“Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. When given the opportunity, President Trump did not hold President Putin to task for election meddling.”
Sen. Rob Portman (OH)
“As a former CIA officer and a Congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, I can affirmatively say there is nothing about agreeing with a thug like Putin that puts America First.”
Rep. Will Hurd (TX)
“Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.”
Sen. John McCain (AZ)
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (WI)
“[The summit was a] missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC)
“Today’s summit was an opportunity to forcefully address this growing threat directly with President Putin. I am dismayed that we did not see that.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA)
“I have said a number of times, I’ll say it again: The Russians are not our friends. And I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.”
Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell (KY)
“Foreign policy must be based on reality, not hyperbole or wishful thinking. And the reality is Russia is an adversary.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)
“Russia is not our friend. Russia attempted to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy, impugn the reliability of the 2016 election, and sow the seeds of discord among Americans.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC)
“I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ)
“When [President Trump] had the opportunity to defend our intelligence agencies who work for him, I was very disappointed and saddened with the equivalency that he gave between them and what Putin was saying”
Sen. Bob Corker (TN)
“The American people deserve the truth, & to disregard the legitimacy of our intelligence officials is a disservice to the men & women who serve this country. It’s time to wake up & face reality. Putin is not our friend; he’s an enemy to our freedom.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL)
“[Putin is] a calculating adversary who is trying to exert all the influence he can anywhere he can.”
Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)
“Our intelligence community has proven Russia attempted to interfere with our elections. We have to remain vigilant when dealing with this dangerous adversary.”
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)
“Russia is an adversary and we must continue to work with our allies to counter Russia's influence around the world.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY)
“Russia is the enemy of America and our allies, and we will expose and respond to their continued cyber-attacks against our nation.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (NE)
“The problem with our relationship is not American actions but rather Russia’s duplicitous behavior. Putin is not our friend; he’s an adversary intent on continuing Russia’s disruptive activities, including meddling in our own democratic process”
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)
“Russia poses a grave threat to our national security.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (WY)
“The Presiden't summit in Helsinki . . . should have been an attempt at confronting Russian aggression, hacking, and election interference. Russia is not a friend or ally.”
Sen. Tim Scott (SC)
“[Our] deteriorating relationship with Russia has but one cause: Russia’s bad behavior.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)
“We know Russia meddled in our election based on information from our intelligence agencies, that is not acceptable and we need to make clear to the Putin regime that we will keep our sanctions in place and work with our allies to increase pressure on Russia until its behavior changes.”
Sen. John Hoeven (ND)
“It's certainly not helpful for the president to express doubt about the conclusions of his own team.”
Sen. Susan Collins (ME)
“From the president on down, we must do everything in our power to protect our democracy by securing future elections from foreign influence and interference, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT)
“It has undoubtedly been Russia’s objective to sow unrest within our democratic institutions . . . We must continue to stay vigilant against these threats.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA)
“There is simply no comparing the actions of the United States and Vladimir Putin. While the United States promotes democracy and human rights, Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine, backed Assad’s gas attacks on the Syrian people, and used cyber-attacks and propaganda campaigns to undermine our democracy. ”
Rep. Ed Royce (CA)
“Failure to acknowledge Russian interference in our election undermines the unanimous assessments of the U.S. intelligence community as well as the bipartisan findings of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Russia must be held accountable for their actions.”
Rep. David Valadao (CA)
“Putin cannot be trusted. Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections is undeniable and unacceptable”
Rep. Mimi Walters (CA)
“Vladimir Putin is not our friend, and we must stand strong with our allies to hold him and his regime accountable for their malicious actions”
Rep. Steve Knight (CA)
“President Trump missed opportunity to hold Putin publicly accountable”
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ)
“Putin is an evil man who has killed many people in his own country. There’s no question at all that Russia is still an adverse entity to the United States.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA)
“President Trump missed an opportunity to publicly press President Putin on whether he would agree to extradite the defendants to the United States to answer the allegations in court.”
Sen. Charles Grassley (IA)
“As the House Intelligence Committee and our national security agencies have found, Russia has and continues to take aggressive actions designed to weaken our country and challenge our national security interests. We must take this threat seriously and act to stop it.”
Rep. Ken Calvert (CA)
“[The President's] blindness to Putin’s hostile acts against the US and our allies—election meddling included—is very troubling.”
Sen. Patrick Toomey (PA)
“Sadly President Trump did not defend America to the Russian president, and for the world to see. Instead, what I saw today was not “America First,” it was simply a sad diminishment of our great nation.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
“Do I believe the professional and patriotic men and women of our intelligence community, including the Director of National Intelligence, or a mafia regime leader like Putin? It’s not even a close call.”
Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK)
“Russia is not a friend to the United States or our allies. There’s no question that they meddled in our election, and all evidence points to Putin’s direct involvement. In order to put America first, the president must hold Russia accountable for their adversarial actions and their continued efforts to undermine our democratic institutions.”
Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
“Vladimir Putin is not our friend and never has been. Nor does he want to be our friend. His regime’s actions prove it.”
Sen. Richard Burr (NC)
“We must take seriously the warnings of Director Coats and the American intelligence community. Russia is not our friend. Vladimir Putin’s goal is to destabilize America and reduce our global leadership role.”
Sen. Jim Banks (IN)
“It is unacceptable that the President of the United States would deny the findings of our own intelligence community on Russian meddling in the last election and then fail to publicly demand an end to these attacks on our democracy. ”
Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)
“We must be absolutely clear: Vladimir Putin is not our friend and cannot be trusted.”
Rep. Steve Stivers (OH)
“There is no question that Russia attempted to meddle in our elections just like they have tried to meddle in a variety of elections and domestic situations in Europe for some time.”
Rep. Mac Thornberry (KS)
“Trump was a traitor to this country today. That must not be accepted.”
Fmr Congressman Joe Walsh (IL)