GOP Rep. Chris Collins on Thursday defended President Donald Trump against Senate Republicans calling for investigations of Russia and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, calling the criticism "noise in the wind."
In an interview with Bloomberg News, the New York lawmaker said he was "very disappointed" in his upper chamber colleagues.
"Doanld J. Trump was elected president and commander-in-chief," he said. "He makes the decision" on foreign policy.
"So senators, congressmen should not be second-guessing him . . . that's his purview . . . let the president do his job."
And, he asserted, the criticism will not hurt the president's and Republican agenda.
"The other conversations are noise in the wind."
Collins said he didn't "believe any" of the allegations of links between Russia and the Trump administration.
"I would refer anyone to his personal financial disclosure form, which lists every asset he has, every liability he has," Collins said. "In that form if there is no list of assets in Russia, there aren't any."
"That the craziness of everyone demanding his tax forms," Collins added. "He has filed a personal financial disclosure form. If there are no assets in Russia."
Collins also talked about an hour-long meeting Thursday with the president.
"There were 11 of us . . . the first 11 of use that endorsed Trump as a candidate," he said of the meeting attendees. "I said 'we should call ourselves the Trump caucus.'"
"We talked about his accomplishments, promises made, promises kept . . . Obamacare, the importance of tax reform, infrastructure," he added. "We talked about our own districts."
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