"You've just seen the most disgraceful performance by a U.S. president," says Anderson Cooper, and a lot of celebrities seem to agree.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are together again and Hollywood is not happy about it.
Celebrities slammed the meeting between the President of the United States and Russia's president Monday morning. Josh Gad, Bette Midler, Judd Apatow, Piper Perabo, Rob Reiner, and Rosie O'Donnell took to Twitter to rip the meeting.
There were not one, but three hashtags trending on Monday: #TreasonSummit, #TrumpPutin, and #Helsinki, which was the city in Finland where the summit took place.
Before the meeting, which went past the scheduled 90 minutes, Trump tweeted about the upcoming summit and blamed poor relations with Russia on the U.S. government before he was in power and the ongoing U.S. intelligence investigation into illegal Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he wrote.
The tweet and subsequent meeting came after Robert Mueller filed an indictment on Friday charging 12 Russian intelligence operatives with conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Special counsel Mueller alleged the dozen Russian agents named in the indictment attempted to hack into the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia even commented that they "agreed" with the U.S. president's tweet. While Perabo posted a photo of the tweet saying she was "dumbstruck" over the message.
At the Finnish presidential palace, Trump stressed that the U.S. has been "foolish" with their relationship with Russia, while Putin insisted that he "never interfered" in the 2016 election. In a particularly stunning moment, President Trump suggested he trusts Putin more than U.S. intelligence agencies that have found overwhelming evidence Russia meddled in the last presidential election.
"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," Trump said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to President Trump at a news conference, insists that Russia "never interfered" with American affairs, including the 2016 presidential election https://t.co/c7furDq8U9 pic.twitter.com/kg0hVnzSH0— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2018
"I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that, frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years," Trump said at another point during the press conference. "I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship."
Although the meeting was focused on mending the relationship between the countries -- which Trump believes will happen -- Hollywood didn't hesitate to bring up the Mueller and Russia investigation, Trump's unusually close relationship with Putin, and the 2016 election. In addition, stars participated in the #TreasonSummit hashtag, slamming Trump's bromance with the Russian president.
"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 Apprentence.' What could possibly go wrong?" Gad tweeted.
"[Obama] didn't believe it could happen, and it did happen," she wrote. "He did not stop them, so by taking no action whatsoever, you are carrying on the legacy of your favorite president, Barack Obama. While you're blowing your boyfriend Putin at your summit, know that evil villains fall hardest.
Even "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" executive producer Andy Lassner weighed in, tweeting that "the idiots are out in droves today," and that Trump is a "traitor" after someone wrote that they considered Trump an American "patriot."
At the end of the press conference, CNN's Anderson Cooper called the president's performance "disgraceful."
"You've just seen the most disgraceful performance by a U.S. president," he said.
Here are Anderson Cooper’s words about the ‘disgraceful’ Trump performance pic.twitter.com/N25D5GyCA0— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) July 16, 2018
Check out the celeb reactions below.
This moron, puppet, coward sided with Putin over our own intelligence agencies! On a world stage!! BASED ON NOTHING MORE THAN PUTIN’S WORD! Why?? Can ANYONE answer that?? What the hell is happening. Politics aside, this is 100% un-American. Where are you @GOP????— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 16, 2018
I don’t even know what to say. Today was a disgrace. @realDonaldTrump embarrassed America and should be ashamed of himself. Shame on anyone who chooses to ignore Russia’s interference in our democracy for the sake of Trump’s political well-being. I’m at a complete loss.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 16, 2018
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 Apprentence. What could possibly go wrong?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 16, 2018
The idiots are out in droves today... https://t.co/GbkG1pIIl0— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 16, 2018
He didn’t believe it could happen, and it did happen. He did not stop them, so by taking no action whatsoever, you are carrying on the legacy of your favorite president, Barack Obama. While you’re blowing your boyfriend Putin at your summit, know that evil villains fall hardest. https://t.co/KwEzu5lohr— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 16, 2018
This was just tweeed by The Official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) July 16, 2018
I’m dumbstruck. pic.twitter.com/fsAmmblnm6
The President works for the American people, right? https://t.co/heANROAUbW— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) July 16, 2018
Hey Lachlan Murdoch- one day your your family will ask you about how you directed your @foxnews to handle this moment. Will you seek the truth? Will you fight for facts or will you collude with Trump and corporate forces against the best interests of your country and the world? https://t.co/0oHzHZnWUz— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 16, 2018
This is just a really sad day for the United States.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 16, 2018
Tomorrow, @realDonaldTrump is meeting with Putin—who attacked our democracy and 2016 election. Yet Trump is backing out of meeting w/ Mueller, who is investigating the conspiracy. Watch my video w/ @MoveOn & sign my petition demanding Trump #MeetMueller! https://t.co/oIvXhdeCXC https://t.co/omgrFks3mM— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 16, 2018
The DOJ indicts 12 Russians for interference in the 2016 elections, and Trump meets Putin and blames the US for tensions. An outright traitor who disparages his own country. What good is he to us??— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 16, 2018
"Asked if he trusted U.S. intelligence agencies which concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, HE SAID HE HAD BEEN TOLD BY HIS CIA CHIEF THAT IT WAS RUSSIA, BUT THAT HE SAW NO REASON TO BELIEVE IT."— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 16, 2018
HE'S A TRAITOR; HE HAS SOLD HIMSELF, AND SOON HE WILL SELL US.
I don’t want to be Russian.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) July 16, 2018
The point it’s confirmed: ur Pres is moonlighting as Putin’s spokesperson. https://t.co/r8d7kod1nv— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) July 16, 2018
So the journalist forcibly removed from the Tang/VladPoots "press conference" just put his whole life in danger, right?— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 16, 2018
The stench is overwhelming it’s stinky in Helsinki #treasonSunmit— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) July 16, 2018
Unless one of the translators talks, we'll never know what went on in that Helsinki meeting. Putin's a liar and Trump's another. They are both showmen, and this is made-for-TV entertainment.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2018
their masks have been fully removed. they’re not now nor ever were patriots ... https://t.co/8QG6KC75mX— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 16, 2018
If this is what Trump is willing to say in public before the whole world, imagine what he was saying in private to his boss, Putin.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 16, 2018
Whatching Trump denigrate our FBI 's report on Russian collusion to get him elected as he praised Putin, started my shaking in disbelief which now, many minutes later, is stilll shaking.— carl reiner (@carlreiner) July 16, 2018
For the entire eight years Obama was in the White House, the sycophant media heralded his imaginary diplomatic prowess. Now that a real president is engaging in true diplomacy with a nuclear superpower, they all condemn the effort. Unsurprising hypocrisy. https://t.co/BTXkUgYyDo— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 16, 2018
“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics. I will not make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics, the media, or Democrats who want to resist and obstruct.”— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 16, 2018
The exclusive Trump/Putin meeting now makes perfect sense. Today another shoe dropped. Undeniably, Trump’s first allegiance is to Russia— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 16, 2018
This day too will live in infamy— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 16, 2018
The whole thing makes me queasy. Such a sad way for this country to go. Criminals, racists and fools pulling us down, led by Putin and his orange lap dog. https://t.co/P34fLegorG— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) July 16, 2018
Trump is taking the word of a lying dictator over the word of US Intelligence only after placing blame on the US for its poor relationship with Russia. Trump is Putin’s puppet. https://t.co/LVkxIw5mHS— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) July 16, 2018
If you really don't think Trump is in Putin's pocket after he agrees with Putin over every US national security & law enforcement agency on the world stage, you're blind. This is a betrayal to our country. Trump is a traitor & should be impeached. #TreasonSummit. https://t.co/dWtWXdg49s— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 16, 2018
To think Putin only has a pee tape at this point seems unrealistic. I mean, Trump is certainly a urine-lapper (I mean, how else did he get HIS nickname, #UrineLappingDonny), but for Trump to be this submissive to Putin, there must be something more. #TreasonSummit— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 16, 2018
Pssst...if people in red districts/states called their reps and said that they voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but he has gone too far and they can’t support him anymore maybe some of these reps will start to bail on him?— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 16, 2018
Trump is asked, Who are you going to believe—the Russians or your own officers? And he refused to choose! Do you support your troops or Putin — and he wouldn’t choose! So my first thought goes out to those who serve this country— I’m so sorry the Commander-in-Chief is a traitor.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 16, 2018
Treason is trending.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 16, 2018
The president sided with Putin over the USA.
When you’ve been compromised and you’re a puppet: https://t.co/kiXm2I3w8P— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 16, 2018
Oh case closed then. https://t.co/hqovxufI7C— Brant Daugherty (@brantdaugherty) July 16, 2018
Every concerned person needs to write their Congressional reps - today - and let them know that this will not stand.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) July 16, 2018
Feel free to disregard - or immediately suspect - any mainstream media reporter, pundit or organization that tries to normalize this heinous, treasonous performance.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) July 16, 2018
Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) July 16, 2018
His own words and actions have removed any doubt:
45 is a traitor.
Beyond comprehension. https://t.co/whgXh5BGzv— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 16, 2018