Arnold Schwarzenegger unloaded on President Donald Trump Monday following the commander in chief’s controversial news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a video uploaded to social media, former California Governor Schwarzenegger called fellow Republican Trump’s behavior “embarrassing,” and said the president should be ashamed.
“President Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin, and it was embarrassing,” Schwarzenegger said. “You stood there like a little wet noodle, like a little fanboy.”
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The actor-turned-politician added that Trump behaved more like an autograph seeker than a world leader as he stood next to Putin.
“I was asking myself, when are you going to ask him for an autograph or selfie, or something like that. You literally sold out at this press conference, our intelligence community, our justice system and worst of all, our country,” he continued.
“You’re the president of the United States. You shouldn’t do that. What’s the matter with you?” Schwarzenegger added. “What ever happened to the strong words or to the strength of Ronald Reagan who stood there at the Berlin Wall and he said ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ What happened to all that?”
President @realDonaldTrump, remember, America first. pic.twitter.com/JDEm2rR50G
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 16, 2018
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Trump has faced sharp criticism on both sides of the political aisle since his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
POTUS said the U.S. is to blame for the country’s strained relations with Russia, which he stated have “never been worse.”
When asked by a reporter if he believes Putin interfered in the 2016 election, something the U.S. intelligence community says did indeed happen, Trump replied by criticizing the FBI.
In response, House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement saying Trump is mistaken when it comes to Russia.
“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also rebuked Trump for his “shameful” behavior.
“President Trump’s performance today was the most damaging and shameful surrender of American values and interests in modern history,” Schiff tweeted. “I say again to my Republican colleagues: Wake up.”