UPDATE: Late Monday Dean Heller’s office issued a statement to some Nevada news outlets saying the senator trusted “our intelligence community’s assessment on Russian interference, not Vladimir Putin’s.” Heller’s statement made no mention President Trump.
Democrats in Nevada and the U.S. are almost universal in their condemnation of President Donald Trump’s performance at a Helsinki news conference this morning alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Republicans for the most part are staying mum.
Trump ignored a journalist’s challenge to confront Putin, opting instead to question the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton. Challenged by a reporter to hold Putin accountable for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Trump repeatedly asked “Where’s the server?” and ignored the reporter’s question.
“My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump said, siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence forces.
Less than a month ago, top Nevada Republicans flocked to fawn over Trump when he made an appearance at the state convention in Las Vegas. Today, the Nevada GOP hierarchy is silent for the most part.
Only Nevada’s Republican National Committeewoman Diana Orrock responded to our requests for comment.
Asked whether she approved of Trump’s performance on the world stage, Orrock responded: “Yes, I’m always happy with our President’s performance, which is always one step, or several, ahead of the fake news media.”
U.S. Senator Dean Heller has not made a public statement about the news conference.
State Party Chairman Michael McDonald did not respond to text messages or phone calls from the Current.
Parker Briden, a spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, said he would let the Current “know if there is a statement to provide.” None was provided.
The Current reached out to ask Andy Abboud, government affairs executive for Trump friend and GOP mega contributor Sheldon Adelson, if the casino magnate was happy with Trump’s performance on the world stage. We did not hear back.
Trump supporter Amy Tarkanian, who is married to congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian, says she is out of town and did not watch the news conference. Her husband was at a leadership event in Washington, D.C. and not available for comment.