President Donald Trump should focus more on his agenda and not allow himself to be distracted by the Russia controversy, Rep. Sean Duffy said Wednesday.
"There is no doubt this is a distraction," Duffy told CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "I think the president should step aside and focus on his agenda. He had a great nine-day trip overseas. The Russia cloud, as you put it, did not have any influence on his ability to go out and make a case for America . . . stop tweeting about it and stop talking about it and get to business for the American people."
The Wisconsin Republican also said he does not believe European leaders liked Trump, because his concerns are about security and terrorism, not the environment and global warming.
"Those are two different tracks and two different visions for the people," said Duffy. "When you have a president who is not as soft and sweet as maybe the Europeans and more rough and tumble and American style, they don't take kindly to it."
Meanwhile, Duffy said he does not think there will eventually be evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, but he does think Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner should have divulged his contacts with Russia on his security forms.
"Do I have any evidence that Jared Kushner did anything wrong?" he asked. "No. What you laid out doesn't lead me to believe there is anything nefarious . . . it is important to note for me as this congress member involved with the Trump campaign. My chief of staff ran Trump for Wisconsin. I had governments reaching out to me after the election."
Duffy continued that many people did not think Trump was going to win, and when he did, "they were scrambling to say who is the point of contact."
Still, Kushner should have disclose the contacts, but nobody knows if he had been told if he should or should not disclose them, Duffy said.
"It comes back to the point I have not seen anything that leads me to believe that there was any wrongdoing by Jared Kushner or by the Trump campaign," the congressman said. "If there is, I'll come on the show, Chris, and I will join you and go what the hell was going on here with the contact that Donald Trump shouldn't have had with the Russians."
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