Rep. Adam Schiff (D. Calif.) said on Monday that President Donald Trump is putting Russian President Vladimir Putin before the interests of the United States.
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell brought up Trump's comments on Saturday about trusting Putin when he claimed Russia did not meddle in the 2016 elections. Mitchell said Trump's remarks went against conclusions made by U.S. intelligence agencies and his own Director of Central Intelligence (DCI).
Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, agreed with the "Andrea Mitchell Reports" host and argued Trump insinuated with his comments that the intelligence agencies are political and can't be trusted.
"He's saying basically … ‘you just can't trust them because they're part of a political establishment, but now I've got my own political establishment. I'm doing my own politicization of the intelligence agencies so now I can rely on them,'" Schiff said.