Anna Sheffer
July 23, 2018 2:00 pm

It’s officially been a week since the July 16th press conference in which President Donald Trump denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ claims that Russian hackers attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. Although he later attempted to walk back his comments, the president said (on live TV) that he believed Russian president Vladimir Putin over the FBI, the CIA, and several other American agencies. And now, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has called Trump “Putin’s apprentice” in light of his comments.

Newsweek reported that Waters coined the moniker while on MSNBC’s July 22nd episode of AM Joy. She also criticized the Republican Party for failing to take action against Trump for his defense of Russia.

Waters went on to say that Republicans “have no courage.”

And as expected, Twitter is all about it.

Waters has long been one of Trump’s most vocal opponents in Congress. At the end of June, CNN reported that the Democratic representative urged her supporters to tell members of the Trump administration “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere” if they ever encountered them in public. She argued that the separation of undocumented parents and children at the border made Trump officials unworthy of public politeness.

Russian meddling in the 2016 election has huge implications for democracy, and it’s time for the current administration to take it seriously. In the meantime, we applaud politicians like Waters for standing their ground.

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