Herrera Beutler says don’t trust Putin

In the wake of the Helsinki summit, where President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Republicans and Democrats are speaking out against the president’s actions.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said shortly after the summit that Russia should not be considered a friend and he supports the intelligence community’s findings.

I’ve heard from numerous readers in Clark County that they wanted to hear from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, on the matter.

Here’s the statement in full I received in response to my questions on the issue.

“Vladimir Putin is a murderous dictator, and he’s not to be trusted. I do trust our country’s intelligence agencies and their reports that Russia meddled in our elections, and was glad to see the president clarify that he believes it too. I support ongoing efforts to determine which foreign actors interfered in U.S. elections and to what extent, and we should absolutely take every action necessary to hold them accountable.”

Katy Sword

Katy Sword

I cover the city of Vancouver and federal politics. Reach me at katy.sword@columbian.com.

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