President Donald Trump has taken a large amount of criticism from both the Democrats and his own party for his performance at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Finland Monday.
While on stage with Putin, Trump sided with the Russian leader over his own intelligence agency, downplaying Russia’s role in meddling in the 2016 presidential election. South Dakota’s own delegation to Washington each released statements contradicting the president and agreeing with US intelligence that Russia did in fact interfere in the election, but they did not go as far to criticize the president outright.
Senator Mike Rounds Statement:
“Make no mistake: Russia is not our friend. Our poor relations are a direct result of their continued destabilizing behavior throughout the world. It is clear that Russia attempted to directly influence the 2016 election process. There is value in seeking to improve relations with Russia, but the U.S. must make clear that their irresponsible behavior on the world stage will not be tolerated.”
A Tweet from Senator John Thune:
Kristi Noem's Statement to KSFY: “Based on the official reports I’ve seen, Russia clearly attempted to interfere in the U.S. election. It’s important we show that America will not stand for these kinds of attacks on our democracy.”