Durbin Urges President Trump To Take Tough Stance In Meeting With Russia’s Putin
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is urging the president to take a tough stance on Russia’s meddling in US elections.
Durbin is one of five Democratic senators to sign a letter to the president asking him to address findings of U.S intelligence that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections.
Durbin says Friday’s meeting could have deeper implications for future elections.
“We’d better be careful because we know the adventurism of Vladimir Putin," Durbin said, "and if the United States doesn’t take a tough, hard stand against what he’s done to our election system -- what he’s tried to do in countries around the world -- he’s gonna pick our pocket.”
President Trump has expressed skepticism at the intelligence community’s findings that Russia tried to influence the campaign, saying Thursday in Poland that it “could have been other people in other countries” who interfered.
Durbin made his comments at a news conference in Urbana Thursday addressing concerns about Republican legislation pending in the US Senate that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.