Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) appeared on Monday's broadcast of "The View," and offered up a rebuke of President Donald Trump for sounding like he is emulating Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Crenshaw appeared on the popular daytime show for the first time since winning in the 2018 midterm elections.
What did he say?
Crenshaw told the ABC show's co-hosts that Trump should better vet remarks he makes when it comes to paraphrasing or quoting Putin.
Co-host Joy Behar questioned the freshman lawmaker and said, "How is it that the Republican Party, your colleagues, can stand by this man when he is involved in this way with Russia? I said last week, I don't want to see any of those flag pins anymore on Republicans who don't stand up against this guy for Russian meddling and other things that he's done.
"It seems as though he's unpatriotic," she insisted. "What do you say to that?"
Crenshaw responded by pointing out that he believed Behar was overstating her case, but admitted that he also felt that the U.S. president could be too close to the Russian president.
"The president has a bad habit of repeating what Putin says to the public," Crenshaw admitted. "And he shouldn't do that."
Crenshaw went on to point out that the president does, however, have a good record of countering Russia where he can.
"He also has a pretty good habit of taking actions and putting policies in place that vehemently counter Russia," he added.
The congressmen then went on to point out what he believes to be Trump's Russia-related successes.
"Putting lethal aids in Ukraine. Actually killing Russian militants in Syria. Bombing Syria chemical weapons by Assad — this is Russia's ally. Pressuring the Europeans to spend more on their defense to use our natural gas instead of Russian natural gas; none of these things are good for Russia," he explained.
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