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Tipton condemns Russia for election meddling, sponsoring terrorism

Some in GOP call Trump news conference with Putin 'shameful'

July 16, 2018, 5:36 pm

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Monday issued a statement highly critical of Russia under President Vladimir Putin but not nearly as tough on U.S. President Donald Trump, who was widely criticized for supporting Putin after a joint summit in Finland.


U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez

Tipton, a Republican who represents the western two-thirds of Eagle County and most of Colorado Western Slope, issued the following statement late in the day on Monday:

“Vladimir Putin is not our friend, and there is ample evidence that Russia meddled in our elections. Russia has repeatedly violated international law, shown disregard for national sovereignty, engaged in human rights abuses, propped up state sponsors of terror, and fueled global instability,” said Tipton. “Russia’s attacks on our electoral system damage the very democratic principles upon which our country was built. I strongly urge President Trump and this Administration to hold Russia and Putin accountable. I will continue to support strong economic sanctions against Russia and measures to protect the integrity of our elections.”

Other lawmakers in the Republican Party and even Colorado’s congressional delegation were far tougher on Trump, including Republican Rep. Mike Coffman:

“Putin’s Russia isn’t our friend, won’t be an ally and most certainly won’t stop their rogue behavior against our country, our allies and our interests,” Coffman said in a Twitter statement. “President Trump should never take Putin’s word at face value and should give greater consideration to U.S. intelligence agencies over the Kremlin’s rhetoric. As a Marine Corps combat veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I don’t take lightly my oath to defend our country against enemies foreign and domestic and neither should the president.”

Both Tipton and Coffman are viewed by analysts as potential Democratic flips as the party tries to regain control of the House of Representatives in November, although Coffman is in a much more diverse Front Range District with a higher percentage of Democratic voters.

Coffman’s Democratic challenger, Jason Crow, is also veteran. He had this to say on Twitter on Monday:

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Democrat from Vail who’s running for re-election in November, had this to say on Twitter:


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David O. Williams

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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington),, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of and

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