Menendez: Putin Made A Great Investment In Trump And Today It's Paying Off

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that President Trump is doing the work Putin couldn't achieve through Twitter troll campaigns. Menendez said on Morning Joe Putin "made a great investment" in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and it is "paying off for him" today at the NATO summit.

"it's so upsetting to see that Putin, whose number one goal is to divide the West, and particularly in NATO, has an American president doing his work for him in a way that all of his cyber attacks and Twitter disinformation and trolls have been unable to achieve. Putin made a great investment in the 2016 presidential elections and it's paying off for him in Brussels today," Menendez told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Bob, we were just talking about what our Secretary of Defense had said about NATO a year or so ago that it's so important that if NATO didn't exist we would have to create it. I take it from the vote yesterday in the United States Senate that is the unanimous agreement of at least all of the Democrats and every Republican except for two.



SEN. MENENDEZ: It's the near-unanimous agreement except for two Republicans. And today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up an even more significant legislation that speaks to the importance of the NATO alliance, an alliance that has brought us peace and prosperity for 73 years. It was there in the aftermath of World War II. It was there to win the Cold War. It was there on September 11th when the only time that NATO has invoked the mutual self-defense provision was on behalf of the United States after it was struck on that tragic day on September 11th. And for 17 years NATO allies have fought with us in Afghanistan, and other engagements across the globe. So this is a critical part of our security infrastructure and at the same time it has created prosperity that we have been part of enjoying in a significant market for United States products and services. So this is critical.

And it's so upsetting to see that Putin, whose number one goal is to divide the West, and particularly in NATO, has an American president doing his work for him in a way that all of his cyber attacks and Twitter disinformation and trolls have been unable to achieve. Putin made a great investment in the 2016 presidential elections and it's paying off for him in Brussels today.

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