Thursday, December 6, 2018



Faso discusses term in House, his loss and the president


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. The Republican Party in New York “is in trouble,” he said.

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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