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Idaho delegation reacts to press conference with President Trump and Putin

Idaho's congressional delegation. Left to right: Sen. Mike Crapo, Sen. Jim Risch, Rep. Mike Simpson, Rep. Raul Labrador.

Idaho's congressional delegation to Washington, D.C., is issuing statements following the meeting and press conference Monday morning with President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

At the press conference, after a one-on-one summit, Trump said he sees no reason why Russia would try to influence the election.

During the roughly 45-minute press conference, Trump made few demands of Russia. He appeared to side with Vladimir Putin in rejecting the U.S. intelligence community's determination that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Trump blamed the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling for the strained U.S.-Russia ties, saying the probe into Russia and his campaign "a disaster" and "ridiculous."

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers expressed deep concerns about the meeting with Putin following a contentious series of meetings with U.S. allies in NATO and the United Kingdom. Both Republicans and Democrats condemned Trump's handling of the relationship in his public remarks and his private, 2.5-hour meeting with the Russian president earlier in the day.

On Monday afternoon, CBS 2 News received some statements from Idaho's senators and representatives.

Senator Mike Crapo

“Like many Idahoans, I have also been deeply concerned by the behavior of the Russians the past few years. I introduced, and the Senate passed, a Russian sanctions bill in response to Russia’s violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria. Under this law, major sanctions have been imposed upon Russia for its actions toward America and other nations. My views remained unchanged. We need to see actions, not words, from Russia in order to keep our relationship moving forward.”

Senator Jim Risch

“My assessment has not changed; Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and is no friend of the United States. The United States must stand from a position of strength in our relationship with Russia and in defense of our allies and shared values.”

Rep. Mike Simpson

“I have always believed that America first does not mean America alone. We are at our strongest when we work together with our allies to counter international aggression inconsistent with our values. In response to Russian actions that run counter to our principles, Congress has spoken clearly by providing the Administration tools to hold the Kremlin accountable, tools that I hope will be utilized to their fullest extent.”

Rep. Raul Labrador

We have reached out to Rep. Labrador's office and will update this story if he responds.

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