- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker held casual constituent meetings he describes as “community conversations” in Oklahoma to address questions and concerns about the Trump administration.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford held the meetings Tuesday in Claremore and Broken Arrow. About 50 people were in attendance at both meetings, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2orFVTC ) reported.

Lankford said the relaxed setting in Broken Arrow, where a succession of five groups gathered in a restaurant, gave him a chance to address more people and answer more questions. At the meeting, Lankford blamed social media for feeding into the anger in American politics.

“We’re in this weird cycle of tit for tat, and it just gets louder and louder,” Lankford said.

Lankford also said President Donald Trump isn’t the best example of “how to do social media.”

In Claremore, Lankford said he expects a health care reform bill to reach Trump by the end of June. He also said the president should hold to his promise and release his income tax returns.

“He promised he would,” Lankford said. “He should keep his promise.”

At the meetings, Lankford also took questions on women’s health, abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood.

He said he supports transferring federal dollars now going to Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health clinics.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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