Faso, Delgado join chorus critical of Trump for siding with Putin
The Associated Press and the Daily Freeman are reporting lawmakers from both major parties expressed shock, dismay and discomfort with President Donald Trump's comments July 16, that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of Russian aggressive cyber attacks against the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign. U.S. Rep. John Faso joined a chorus of Republican senators. Congressmen and other officials, expressing dismay "at the approach" taken by Trump during a 45-minute press conference in Helsinki. “Putin is no friend to the United States,” Faso said in a statement emailed to the media. “There is no credibility to Putin’s denials, especially in light of the public evidence and our own U.S. intelligence reports. We know the Russians meddled in our elections and we must continue our sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Putin’s actions.” Faso's Democratic challenger, Antonio Delgado, said it was “deeply problematic” that Trump refused to acknowledge Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “Silence on this issue can be deafening, if not complicit, in behavior unaligned with the security of our nation,” Delgado posted on his official campaign page on Facebook. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.