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Toomey Statement in Response to Joint Press Conference with President Trump and Vladimir Putin

July 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement in response to today's joint press conference with President Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland:

"President Trump's blindness to Vladimir Putin's hostile acts against the United States and our allies - election meddling included - is very troubling.

"American intelligence agencies have confirmed, unequivocally, that Russian actors, almost certainly at the direction of the Russian government and Vladimir Putin, meddled in our 2016 presidential election.

"Whether it's protecting the hackers responsible for this crime, committing numerous human rights violations, invading Ukraine, annexing Crimea, supporting the Iranian regime, taking hostile actions in Syria, or threatening peaceful European neighbors, it's clear that Putin is a bad actor and should be treated as an international pariah.

"Putin insists that the Russian government has nothing to do with meddling in our elections. In that case, he should not object to the hackers recently indicted being brought to justice. Absent his cooperation in achieving that justice, the United States should impose tough new sanctions on Russia."