Most of New Jersey’s congressional delegation reacted quickly — and forcefully — to statements by President Donald Trump yesterday that seemed to undermine U.S. intelligence services and to buttress Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that his country’s operatives didn’t interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Trump was speaking at a joint press conference with Putin after the two held a summit in Helsinki, Finland. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said.
Many of the Garden State politicians responded via Twitter, the president’s go-to means of communications:
That was disturbing. Shameful. Jaw-dropping. Disgraceful. I am running out of words to describe how despicable it is to see an American President capitulate to a dictator. #Helsinki
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) July 16, 2018
It’s a fact that Russia attacked our democracy in 2016 to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump. Today Trump sided with Putin over our own intelligence & law enforcement officials & blamed the US for Russia’s attacks. Every American should be outraged. #Helsinki
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 16, 2018
The President is wrong; we cannot trust the word of Putin. We must trust our U.S. intel assessment as well as investigations by House/Senate Intel committees that concluded Russia interfered in our election & continues to be hostile to the U.S. & democracies around the world.
— Rep. Leonard Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) July 16, 2018
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