July 13, 2018

Rep. Matt Gaetz Defends Trump’s ‘Twitter Diplomacy’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said that he supports President Donald Trump’s “Twitter diplomacy.”

“I’m going to stop second-guessing President Trump’s Twitter foreign policy and Twitter diplomacy. It seems to have moved us in the right direction in North Korea and if it can improve our relations with Russia, that’s good,” Gaetz said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day.”

Anchor John Berman noted a Thursday Trump tweet in which Trump said, “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with meddling in our election.” Berman pointed out that U.S. intelligence agencies have said that Russia did meddle in the elections.

“Russia did meddle in our elections, Russia meddles in elections all over the world. That is not something that is factually in dispute,” Gaetz said.

The congressman said that while Russia does deny they had anything to do with meddling. “Russia does continue to say that and I believe they continue to lie,” Gaetz said.

“I’m not going to share with you my personal conversations about his assessments of Vladimir Putin’s veracity, but Putin is a former KGB agent. Of course he lies,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz said he hoped that in talks with Putin, it’s not as important for Trump to tell Putin that he doesn’t believe his statements. “I think it’s far more significant if we’re able to get better outcomes around the world, if we’re able to establish more security in Syria, for example,” Gaetz said in the “New Day” interview.

“I’m more interested in those outcomes than in whether or not the president wants to sit there and call Vladimir Putin a liar. We all know he’s a liar. I think the president knows Vladimir Putin is a liar,” Gaetz said in the interview.

Originally posted here.