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John Kerry Uses Words Like 'Disgraceful' and 'Dangerous'

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By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2018 12:20 PM CDT
Former Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during the Boston Climate Summit in Boston, Thursday, June 7, 2018.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – John Kerry took a hard line Sunday in describing President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this week, Politico reports. Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Kerry called the private, unrecorded sit-down "one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an American president that anyone has ever witnessed." The former Secretary of State went on to explain "why it's dangerous: because it sends a message to President Putin and to the rest of the world that the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, really doesn't have a handle on what he's doing." Kerry added about Trump: "I don't buy his walkback for one second." For other reactions:

  • "Not good": Sen. Marco Rubio called Trump's Helsinki meeting with Putin "not a good moment" on Face the Nation. "I think it's an important thing that we engage [Putin]," Rubio says, per the Hill. "I just think it's important that any conversation we have with Vladimir Putin is with the person who he really is."

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