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Sparks flew and a temper flared during a heated argument between NBC political director Chuck Todd and Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday’s Meet the Press. The former raged as the latter dismantled the combined narrative of congressional Democrats and the liberal media when it came to impeachment, media bias, and Ukraine. Here are the highlights.
After his guest dared to hint at President Trump’s tough on Russia policies, Todd was in disbelief. “Do you believe that the President did with Ukraine somehow was tough on Russia or didn't the President by just introducing all of this delayed aid play into the hands of Russia,” he demanded to know.
“Ha, ha, ha. You know, Chuck, substance matters,” Cruz laughed at his moderator as he proceeded to school (the first of many) him on how Trump had armed Ukraine to fight a hot war against Russia (click “expand”):
CRUZ: By any measure, the President's policy and this administration's policy has been tougher on Russia, and actually better for Ukraine than Obama's was.
Let me give you an example. You mentioned the Ukrainian aid. The Donald Trump administration gave lethal defensive aid to Ukraine: javelin missiles to take out Russian tanks. Do you know what? Throughout the Obama administration I repeatedly pressed President Obama to give lethal aid to Ukraine. I traveled to Ukraine. I went to the Maiden Square in Kyiv. And they needed lethal aid, but the Obama administration, they sent teddy bears and MREs. They wouldn't actually give weapons.
Shortly thereafter, Cruz brought up how “House Democrats put out a 55-page report, they called it a scholarly report that purports to say you don't have to prove a crime, you don't have to prove a law was violated to impeach a president.”