A coalition of 18 Democrats on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs are urging President Donald Trump to cancel his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing he cannot “faithfully negotiate” with the Russian leader.

Trump is scheduled to sit down with Putin on July 16, but Democrats are voicing concerns that the president is unfit at this time to discuss matters of national interest with the Russian leader, citing the president’s hardline remarks during this week’s NATO summit overseas.

“Mr. President, asserting these concerns gives us no pleasure. Frankly, we agree that an ongoing dialogue with Russia remains importance to our country’s national security,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to Trump Friday. “Unfortunately, due to your constant expressions of sympathy for Vladimir Putin, your conflicts of interest, and your attacks on our closest allies, we do not have confidence that you can faithfully negotiate with the Russian leader, and we urge you to cancel the meeting.”

The 18 House Democrats include:

  • Eliot Engel of New York
  • Albio Sires of New Jersey
  • Theodore Deutch of Florida
  • Gregory Meeks of New York
  • Gerald Connolly of Virginia
  • Karen Bass of California
  • William Keating of Massachusetts
  • Ami Bera of California
  • Lois Frankel of Florida
  • Joaquin Castro of Texas
  • Robin Kelly of Illinois
  • Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania
  • Dina Titus of Nevada
  • Norma Torres of California
  • Bradley Schneider of Illinois
  • Adriano Espaillat of New York
  • Ted Lieu of California

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