Ernst answers questions about Trump in town hall meeting

Published: Jan. 15, 2018 at 9:29 PM CST
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Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst kicked off her 99-county state tour in the western Iowa town of Red Oak.

Talk quickly turned to President Trump. Some in the crowd are worried about his tweets and controversial remarks. They think the senator should speak out against it.

"You should be taking a stand or doing something about the damage Trump is doing to our neighbors around the world with his white supremacy talk," Barb Nelson, of Stanton, said.

Trump addressed accusations of racism himself Sunday when he told a reporter, "I'm the least racist person you've ever interviewed."

Ernst said she's not focused on the president, but on policy.

"I don't respond a lot to what the president has to say because, if I'm going to talk, I want to talk about the things that I'm working on that are important to Iowa," she said.

She also told the crowd many leaders around the world support Trump.

"He's standing up for a lot of countries. Norway supports him. You might laugh at that, but think about what country borders Norway. It's Russia," Ernst said.

When asked how she feels about the president's tweets, she had a quick answers.

"I wish he'd put his phone down," Ernst said. "I think he needs to focus more on the policies and do it in a respectful manner."