Does Chris Murphy Think the Kremlin Controls the White House?February 15, 2017
A series of statements and tweets from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) – a possible presidential candidate in 2020 – suggests he thinks the Kremlin is running the White House.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has not held back in his criticism of Donald Trump, and a recent report even said that Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is looking into Murphy as a possible 2020 candidate against Trump.
One consistency with Murphy in 2017, along with his regular criticism of President Trump, is a suggestion that the Kremlin may, in fact, be “pulling the strings of the White House.”
See, for example, this tweet from February 2:
Just ask yourself, if Putin really was pulling the strings of the White House, wouldn't this be exactly how it all played out? https://t.co/xYmGWNpbao
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 2, 2017
The only problem, in this case? “In fact, according to a former official and news reports, the move [to ease some sanctions] was likely planned during the Obama administration.”
Murphy has kept up the line, though. He repeated it on CNN’s New Day on February 7. Video and partial transcript below, via NTK Network:
In response to comments President Trump made in an interview with Bill O’Reilly aired on Monday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on New Day Tuesday, “If you want to believe the worst here, if you want to believe that Putin is literally pulling the strings of this administration, then this is exactly how it would play out.”
Trump told O’Reilly that he did not consider an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine an insult, saying the pro-Russia separatist command-and-control situation remained unclear. Murphy disputed this assertion, claiming instead that Putin is obviously calling the shots in the ongoing civil war.
Murphy also repeated the theory on February 10 (over the Mike Flynn controversy):
If the theory of your case is Putin is pulling the strings of this White House, your body of evidence is mounting. https://t.co/7LSYEh1Uxt
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 10, 2017
…and, as of Wednesday morning, on the presence of a Russian ship “loitering” near a naval sub base in Groton, Connecticut:
Russia is acting like it has a permission slip to expand influence, test limits of reach. Questions are obvious: does it, and if so, why? https://t.co/6Hsm7T2GO2
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 15, 2017
Is Murphy right to be concerned, or is reaching too far? While Trump campaign aides talked with Russian officials repeatedly during the 2016 campaign, and leaders of both parties seem concerned, it seems a stretch to claim the Kremlin is “pulling the strings” in the White House.
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