Via press release from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief. Putin’s ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the international community, not a VIP ticket to our nation’s capital.
“President Trump’s frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment, and a grave threat to our democracy. An invitation to address a Joint Meeting of Congress should be bipartisan and Speaker Ryan must immediately make clear that there is not – and never will be – an invitation for a thug like Putin to address the United States Congress.”
A spokesman for Paul Ryan responds: “The only one talking about inviting Putin to address Congress is Nancy Pelosi.”
The first episode of the #TrumpPutin debacle was damaging enough. We don’t need a repeat performance – we need a president who will put America’s national security over the interests of Vladimir Putin. #ProtectOurDemocracy
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2018