Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s meeting and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin: 

“Today President Trump had the opportunity to confront Vladimir Putin about Russia’s systematic and deliberate attack on our democracy. With the world watching, he could have once and for all stood up for our country, declared that Americans’ sacred right to vote will be protected, and made clear that foreign powers will be held accountable for meddling in our elections. Instead, President Trump bloviated his way through a press conference where he repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and denied what the American intelligence community has repeatedly confirmed: that Putin’s Russia interfered in our 2016 Presidential election, that they sought to undermine our democracy, and that they plan on attacking us again. 

“The President of the United States today publicly denigrated the U.S. intelligence community while praising one of the most adversarial foreign leaders in the world. This goes beyond incompetence and it borders on treason. When our very democracy is being threatened, patriotic Republicans in Congress must no longer keep silent. They must put their love of our country above their fear of the President and join Democrats in declaring that Donald Trump is not fit to serve.”