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There was an unmistakable somberness Tuesday morning at what should have been a joyful event.
U.S. Reps. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, and Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, were at the National Press Club in downtown Washington to accept the Prize for Civility in Public Life, an award from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
President Trump ignited a firestorm among Republicans after he failed to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for interfering in the 2016 election during the summit in Helsinki, Finland.
During the conference, Trump sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on Russians meddling.
"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," the president said.
President Donald Trump has been "manipulated" by Russia's Vladimir Putin, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, a former CIA agent said Monday.
In remarks on CNN's "The Lead," Hurd lashed out at the joint news conference by Trump and Putin after their one-on-one as "disinformation."
"I've seen the Russian intelligence . . . manipulate many people in my career, and I never would have thought the U.S. president would be one of them," Hurd said.
The target was a Fourth of July parade in Cleveland and, earlier this month, authorities say they stopped a planned terror attack there with the arrest of Demetrius Pitts, a U.S. citizen radicalized inside the country.
“He discussed giving remote-control cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to the children of our military uniform members,” said Justin Herdman, a U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Ohio during a July 2 press conference.
We talked to Rep. Will Hurd before he made his trip to Guatemala on immigration -- an issue he says the United States needs to improve.
Republican Rep. Will Hurd says he is concerned about the Health and Human Services Department's ability to handle children separated from their families at the border because the agency's phone number didn't work during a conference call.
"We were supposed to have a conference call yesterday with members of Congress and their staff to talk about this process and the phone number didn't work, so if they can't do that with us, then I'm concerned with their ability of connecting kids," the Texas Republican said.
The Trump administration's immigration "zero tolerance" policy that results in the separation of thousands of children from their families stoked outrage over the weekend, and several prominent Republicans sounded off.
President Trump doubled down Monday on his false insistence that Democrats are to blame for the administration’s forced separation of migrant children from their families at the border, even as a growing number of Republicans urged him to reverse course.
Speaking at a White House event, Trump said the issue needs to be resolved through broader immigration legislation — a notion that even some Republicans disputed Monday — and claimed that “we cannot even get [Democrats] to the negotiating table.”
With chants of "families united" and "free our children now," hundreds of people marched to the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, where children have been detained for immigration violations.
The Father's Day march near El Paso was primarily organized by Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who is also running for Senate against Ted Cruz. He says the march was the brainchild of Veronica Escobar, who is running to fill his seat in the House, as well as other community leaders.
The march came together on short notice: O'Rourke announced it late Friday.