President Trump’s joint press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday didn’t exactly get the reaction Trump probably hoped for. Unless what he wanted was for a trending topic to be the word “treason.”
During the presser, held at the start of a US-Russia summit in Helsinki, Trump, among other things, called for an end of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He suggested that U.S.-Russia tensions were caused by the U.S., and even kicked around the idea of the two countries working together on cyber security. He said this all while standing next to Putin.
By the time the conference ended, the hashtag “#TreasonSummit” was a trending topic as a wide cross section of Americans blanched at Trump’s display of comradeship with the Russian leader, including both Democratic and Republican members of congress. Joining the condemnation of the event were celebrities including Jefferey Wright, Josh Gad, John Cusack, Ellen Barkin, Judd Apatow, Bette Midler, Rob Reiner, Roseanna Arquette and more.
“Kim Jong-un, please come through those doors, join @realDonaldTrump & Putin on this #TreasonSummit stage and take this song & dance show over the top,” Wright, a star on HBO’s “Westworld,” tweeted.'
“Frozen” star Josh Gad wrote: “Right now, a KGB trained operative who’s been President of Russia for close to 20 years and who every intelligence angency said undermined our election is alone in a room with the Host of Celebrity Apprentice. What could possibly go wrong?”
Meanwhile, Zach Braff noted that “Treason is trending.”
Reporters and TV anchors also slammed the presser. “You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader truly that I’ve ever seen,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said.
And MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted: “Donald Trump was just asked directly if he would denounce Russia’s attack on our election ‘with the whole world watching’ and he refused. He pivoted to attacking Clinton, demanding to know where her server went, and said he doesn’t know why Russia would attack our election.”