Rep. Tim Walz Condemns President Trump's Helsinki Summit Performance
MANKATO, MINN - President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn a storm of criticism from both sides of the aisle,
"Just to be clear that the President's press conference in Helsinki undermined this nation's national security." said Representative Tim Walz (D-MN). "There is no doubt amongst the intelligence community, there's no doubt amongst our allies that Russia interfered with our 2016 election."
President Trump's comments questioned US intelligence findings.
"They said they think it's Russia, I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I'll say this, I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]." said President Trump.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle quickly rebuked the president's questioning of intelligence reports by US agencies.
"Vladimir Putin does not share our interests, Vladimir Putin does not share our values." said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) "We just conducted a year–long investigation into Russia's interference in our elections, they did interfere in our elections, it's really clear, there should be no doubt about that."
"The President's absolute refusal to acknowledge the fact weakens us and it disrespects our intelligence communities put their lives on the line; we have people die to find this information." said Walz. "We have soldiers and our warriors out on the front lines protecting our democracy only to see clearly an adversary to the United States in Vladimir Putin."
Tuesday, the President sought to clarify his Helsinki comments to the press in Washington DC following the summit.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also, there's a lot of people out there... There was no collusion." said Pres. Trump.
The president said that he had meant to say use the word "WOULDN'T" rather than "WOULD" when he made the original comments.
US Intelligence agencies have confirmed that Russia will continue their attempts of election interference in the upcoming midterm cycle.
"This is not an attack on anyone's personal ideology, this is the one unifying American principle," said Walz. "When someone attacks this nation and our democracy we stand together as one against it. That has happened and it's Vladimir Putin and the President needs to say so."
----KEYC News 12