Adam Schiff: Past Presidents Didn’t Need Staff Warnings About Tyrants

Rep. Adam Schiff responded to President Trump via Twitter that past presidents didn't require all-caps notes on Putin.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) let President Donald Trump know via Twitter this week that past presidents didn't need to be told not to congratulate the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin on their electoral wins.

After Trump tweeted a defense of his congratulatory phone call with Putin that included digs at his White House predecessors, Schiff tweeted that the previous three presidents did not need their staff to tell them to not congratulate Putin.

Trump congratulated Putin on Tuesday even though, The Washington Post reported, his national security team had a section in his briefing materials that read “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in capital letters.

Trump later defended his decision on Twitter, noting that former President Barack Obama had also congratulated Putin in the past: