Rep McCarthy (R) under fire for comments about Trump and Putin

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) is accused of making a shocking allegation about President Trump.  According to The Washington Post, McCarthy said he thought President Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The comment was apparently made during a private conversation between McCarthy and other Republicans on Capitol Hill in 2016.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” the report quotes McCarthy as saying.

The report goes on to say that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI) stopped the conversation, swearing those in attendance to secrecy. “No leaks,” Ryan is reported to have said. “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

Ryan’s counselor, Brendan Buck, said the exchange was “clearly an attempt at humor.” When the story was published, he went on Twitter to respond.

“Yes, this is dumb. He was just kidding. No one took it seriously,” Buck wrote via his Twitter account.

He followed up with a second Tweet that said, “Goodness, I don’t lie. Period. What was presented to me originally was far different than what they ultimately presented: an obvious joke.”

A third Tweet attempts to reinforce his contention that the comment was a joke. “The Washington Post transcript even says [LAUGHTER] throughout this exchange,” he writes.

 

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