By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. July 17, 2018: Disgraceful, outrageous and unconscionable are just some of the adjectives Caribbean roots, U.S. lawmakers in Congress used Monday to describe U.S. President Donald Trump’s stunning remarks yesterday, July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own U.S. intelligence agencies.
Caribbean-American Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke of Brooklyn, NY, called Trump’s actions “disgraceful, un-American, dishonorable and Untrustworthy.”
She said “Trump has put our freedoms and global security in serious danger” by standing “with a tyrant, instead of our nation’s long-term allies, U.S. intelligence agencies, and above all, the American people.”
“I am ashamed to explain the actions of this President to my constituents and to the people who look up to me to uphold their freedoms. This must end,” she added by tweeted last night.
Cuban-born Democratic Congressman Albio B. Sires of New Jersey, expressed outrage that Trump ignored his own intelligence agencies, legitimized Putin’s denial of involvement and refused to name the Russian President as the dangerous adversary that he is.
“President Trump is doing a disservice to Americans by not standing up for the country he is supposed to be leading,” Sires said in a statement. “ Protecting the integrity of our electoral system must be a national priority for all those who value a representative democracy and President Trump should support a complete investigation into Russia’s role in interfering with the 2016 election.”
Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was also born in Cuba, slammed Trump for “taking the word of a tyrant over that of our own DNI chief.”
And she reiterated by tweet that the Robert Mueller investigation on election manipulation by Russia is not “a disaster for our country,” as the President put in Monday but “law enforcement doing work our country needs it to do.”
Dominican Republic-born, NY Congressman, Adriano Espaillat, said the future of “America is at stake” and urged the President to “start putting American values before his own personal interests” while Caribbean roots Senator, Kamala Harris, tweeted that by not standing up to Putin, Trump has invited him to attack U.S. democracy again.
And Haitian American Republican Congresswoman, Mia Love, said: “President Trump must understand that the world counts on our nation to set the tone and hold thugs responsible.”
“He failed to do so today,” she tweeted yesterday.