- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona dismissed the blowback over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as another example of “#TrumpDerangementSyndrome.”

Former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is running in the Aug. 28 GOP primary, said Mr. Trump is following through on the promises he made on the campaign trail when he met with Mr. Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Trump faced an avalanche of criticism from both parties on Capitol Hill after he stood with Mr. Putin and rejected the findings of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Mrs. Ward has embraced the Trump mantle in the primary race against Rep. Martha McSally and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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