Senator John McCain Blasts Trump for Congratulating Putin

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Kremlin
Vladimir Putin. Photo: Kremlin

Senator John McCain said that by congratulating Putin, President Trump has insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.

By Rakesh Raman

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has lambasted President Trump for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his “election” victory in Russia.

In a statement released Tuesday McCain said that an American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.

Putin had won the presidential election on Sunday to lead Russia for another six years.

One of Kremlin’s staunchest critics Alexei Navalny, who was planning to challenge Putin in the election, was barred from the race.

Navalny had indicated after the election that he will challenge the election results. He also claimed that Putin has won the election by fraud, as there is a marked difference in vote count between the election commission’s data and his office’s records.

McCain added that by congratulating Putin, President Trump has insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime.

Currently, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an investigation to know the extent of Trump-Russia ties that may have helped Trump win 2016 presidential election.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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