US House Candidate Williams Joins Others In Rebuking Trump

Jul 17, 2018

The Democrat challenging Greg Gianforte for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House criticized President Trump Tuesday for his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before.

Kathleen Williams joined all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation in rebuking the President.

"At a minimum our President should trust our intelligence agencies when they come up with conclusions like what’s come out of the Mueller investigation so far. We need to take the findings seriously and act accordingly, and the President didn’t," said Williams.

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation Monday issued statements rebuking President Trump’s questioning of U.S. intelligence findings about Russia.

Lee Newspapers says Republicans Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte, and Democrat Jon Tester all contradicted what the President said during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Daines, who visited Russia earlier this month said the country is, “our adversary and must be held accountable for its aggressions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and around the world.”

Greg Gianforte called for the president to stand by a March statement in which Trump said the U.S. would "counteract" any Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms.

Democratic Senator Jon Tester said, “America’s top law enforcement and intelligence agencies agree that Russia is a hostile nation that has targeted America, threatened our democracy and undermined our national security. Our country must hold Putin accountable, not hold his hand.”

Tester’s Republican opponent in November, Matt Rosendale told Lee Newspapers that he supports Trump’s meeting with Putin. Rosendale said Russia is a, “threat to the United States and they have meddled in our elections," but that he agreed with Trump’s decision to, "engage directly with Putin to improve our diplomatic relations in the pursuit of peace over conflict.''