President Donald Trump was met with swift and fierce condemnation on Tuesday after accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Moscow didn’t meddle in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The outrage from leaders on Capitol Hill was bipartisan.
But locally, Republican leaders aren’t worried about the comments or potential blowback on other candidates.
The president’s statements at a joint summit held in Helsinki publicly refuted a U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment report, from January, that states Moscow launched a multifaceted approach to undermine America’s democratic process and favored a Trump presidency.
By Tuesday afternoon, Trump walked back his comments and touted backing the stateside intelligence community.
“I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies — always have,” Trump said at a White House press conference. “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.”
Read what local GOP and Democratic leaders had to say about Trump’s statements at the Green Valley News. Originally published July 18, 2018.