Russia’s Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump’s impeachment a “continuation of domestic political infighting” as he spoke with reporters in his annual marathon press conference in Moscow on Thursday.
For the third time in the U.S.’s history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting president Wednesday, acting after a daylong debate on whether Trump violated his oath in pressuring Ukraine to damage a political opponent.
Asked about the vote during his press conference, Putin said he didn’t think that Trump’s presidency was over, noting that the trial has still go to through the Senate, where Republicans have a majority.
“I doubt they will want to expel from power their party representative based on what I think are absolutely made-up reasons,” he said.
The Democrats, “who lost the election,” were working to achieve their goals “by other means, accusing Trump of Russian collusion,” he said. “It then turned out that there was no collusion and it could not form the basis for an impeachment, and now there is this made-up pressure on Ukraine.”
“But your Congressmen know better,” he added sarcastically.
Credit: NBC News