Meadows: Helsinki Summit Not Treasonous; Not ‘A Whole Lot of Credibility’ in Brennan’s Comments

Max Augros | July 18, 2018 | 11:43am EDT
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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) (Screenshot)

( - When asked whether former CIA Director John Brennan was correct to call Trump’s performance during the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin “treasonous,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he wouldn’t put “a whole lot of credibility” in Brennan’s comments.

On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, asked the congressman, “Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan said that President Trump’s press conference in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ and ‘was nothing short of treasonous.’ Do you agree with Brennan that Trump’s actions were treasonous?”


“I mean, in order for something to be treasonous it has to undermine who we are as a nation,” replied Meadows. “I’ve never seen a press conference have that effect. It normally takes policy and actions that [go] far beyond press conferences. In fact, if we could solve the nation’s woes with press conferences, they would have been solved a long time ago,” he said.

“And as if to suggest that I would, I would bring everybody’s attention to Director Brennan. He has not been a champion of this particular administration in good times or in bad and so I don’t know that I would put a whole lot of credibility in his press conference any more than I would any other press conference,” Meadows continued.

Brennan, who describes himself as a ‘nonpartisan American’ on his Twitter account, said on Monday that President Trump’s actions in Helsinki were “nothing short of treasonous.” Brennan stated that “not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.” Brennan’s comments come after many politicians and media outlets throughout the country have been quick to paint the Trump-Putin summit as a disaster.

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