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GOP Sen. Portman: Do 'Our Job,' Stop Focusing on WH Attacks

(NBC News' "Meet the Press")

By    |   Sunday, 29 October 2017 01:49 PM

Setting "an example of bipartisanship and civility" is the "job" of American politicians, and "of course character counts," but focusing too much on attacking President Donald Trump keeps Washington "out of touch with the American people," Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday.

"Yeah, of course character counts," Sen. Portman told NBC News' "Meet the Press." "And I don't agree with every tweet — as you know I've spoken up on occasion — and yet if you're focused on the tweets and not focused on actually accomplishing what people are looking to have happen for them and their family, I think you are getting out of touch with the American people."

Sen. Portman's comments suggest those criticizing Trump are engaging in the exact behavior they are ripping him for: Lacking civility or focus on the people in American politics. Back the president of the United States, he added.

"We've got to be sure that he succeeds, because when he succeeds the country succeeds," Portman told host Chuck Todd. "So, I was not someone who at the end was able to vote for him.

"But when he was elected, I said, 'I'm going to work with him on tax reform, on addressing the opioid crisis' . . . And I think that's our job: Our job is to actually get some things done here and help to influence the administration toward accomplishing things that people care about."

Sen. Portman, as pressed by Todd, refused to blame President Trump or give a vote of no confidence, despite the fact Portman did not vote for him nor does he always agree with President Trump, especially amid foreign efforts to sow lack of confidence in our democracy.

"Look, he won — and I think you would agree he won the election fair and square," Portman told Todd. "He's duly elected, and we ought to instead focus on the outrage that the Russians meddled in our elections, not just this last election.

"They did it long before Donald Trump. They're going to do it long after Donald Trump, if we don't do something about it. So, we need to get to the bottom of it, and we need to go where the facts lead us."

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Setting "an example of bipartisanship and civility" is the "job" of American politicians, and "of course character counts," but focusing too much on attacking President Donald Trump keeps Washington "out of touch with the American people," Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said...
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