Some In Trump's Own Party Criticize Him For Congratulating Putin

President Donald Trump is still receiving criticism after he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning the country's recent election.
Posted at 12:58 PM, Mar 21, 2018

President Donald Trump is still being criticized for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning the country's recent election — and some of those critics are members of Trump's own party.

"I think Putin's a criminal," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "What he did in Georgia, what he did in Ukraine, what he's done in the Baltics, what he's done in London — poisoning people with nerve gas, that's a criminal activity. I wouldn't have a conversation with a criminal."

After Trump's call with Putin, news outlets soon reported Trump's national security advisers had told him not to congratulate the Russian leader. And some weren't happy that bit of information got out.

"I don't like what he did, but I really hate that there's someone in his inner circle that's willing to leak this stuff," said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Trump called whoever leaked the information a "sick individual" and said the administration would get to the bottom of it.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.