By Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill:
The New York Times editorial board on Tuesday slammed President Trump for his recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In an op-ed, the newspaper’s editors said “Trump seemed to appreciate Mr. Putin’s brutality” and that the president “suggested America acts the same way.”
“Since taking office, Mr. Trump has shown little support for America’s traditional roles as a champion of universal values like freedom of the press and tolerance,” they wrote.
Trump in an interview with Bill O’Reilly shot back when the Fox News host asserted that Putin is “a killer.”
“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?” Trump responded in the interview, which aired over the weekend.
The Times editorial noted that Republican lawmakers broke with Trump over the comment, adding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) later called Putin “a thug.”
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