Schiff Rips Trump: ‘If McMaster Can Stand Up To Putin, Why Can’t You?’

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday ripped President Trump for failing to criticize Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, despite some prominent Trump administration officials having done so.

“Sorry for delay @POTUS. Was on a plane back from Munich where General McMaster confronted Russia over its meddling,” Schiff tweeted in response to Trump, The Hill reported.

“I’ve always said Obama should’ve acted sooner. But you won’t recognize the truth, impose sanctions or act at all. If McMaster can stand up to Putin, why can’t you?” he continued.

The comments came after Trump tweeted about Schiff following news last week that the Justice Department was charging 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly interfering in the U.S. election. The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

In the wake of the indictment, Schiff said he believed the Obama administration could’ve taken a stronger stance to push back against Russia when they began interference efforts.

Trump took to Twitter to sarcastically praise Schiff for his comments, saying he was “finally right about something.”

Schiff, in his Sunday response to Trump, was also referencing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who following the indictments said in Munich that the evidence “is now incontrovertible” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump later took to Twitter to speak for his national security adviser, saying McMaster forgot to say the election results “were not impacted or changed” by the Russians.

In an interview with CNN recorded before Trump had tweeted at Schiff, the congressman said he was not taking a new stance on the Obama administration’s decisions, and noted the Trump administration has also not taken action.

“I think they should’ve engaged in conversations about sanctions, but none of that is an excuse for this president to sit on his hands,” Schiff said.

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