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CIA officer turned GOP lawmaker is stunned to see the president being manipulated by Russia

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) slammed President Donald Trump for being so easily manipulated by Vladimir Putin.

On Monday the two world leaders held a joint press conference during their summit.

Hurd reacted to the press conference in a string of tweets. He started off his reflections by saying: “To all our allies: there are still many of us in Congress that know Russia is not just an adversary to the United States but to freedom loving people everywhere.”

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He then said that he was stunned that the president played directly into the “KGB hands.”

“I’ve seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people over my professional career and I never would have thought that the US President would become one of the ones getting played by old KGB hands.”

 

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— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) July 16, 2018

 

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