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Faso discusses term in House, his loss, state of GOP in NY and Trump

Faso: "... a rear wakeup call"
for the administration

WASHINGTON – Republican Congressman John Faso (R, NY-19), who lost his bid for a second two-year term in Washington to Democrat Antonio Delgado, said the GOP party suffered “big losses” due to fellow Republican President Donald Trump.

“People don’t like his tweeting,” Faso said during a telephone news conference on Thursday. He noted the House lost some 40 Republican seats and New York itself suffered significant loses to the Democrats.

“This should be a rear wakeup call for the administration and the president and Republicans generally that there is a lot of objection to, not so much the policies, but just the daily chaos and the personality issues that surround the president in the White House,” he said.

Faso said the Republican Party in New York “is in trouble.”

On trade and foreign policy, Faso said he does not like the president’s “off the cuff” tweets. There is “a lot of bluster coming from the president on foreign trade and it is not helpful,” the outgoing lawmaker said.

He condemned the murder of reporter Jamal Khashoggi and believes the Saudi Arabian crown prince either knew about or ordered it. Referring to Trump’s frequent labeling of the media, Faso said they are not the “enemy.”

A lawyer by profession, Faso said he is unsure what he will do come January when he is out of office.

Faso served 16 years in the State Assembly, four of them as Republican minority leader.

 


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