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Congressman Jim Banks talks about President Trump, improvements to VA hospital

Banks talked about everything from President Trump to improvements he's backing at the local VA hospital.

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 4:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Congressman Jim Banks stopped by the FOX 55 studio Friday morning to update us on what he's working on pending the November election.

Banks talked about everything from President Trump to improvements he's backing at the local VA hospital.

Most recently, the congressman commented on Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

"We all had hoped that the president would go to Helsinki and give Vladimir Putin a strong message that we won't turn a blind eye to his activities. Unfortunately that's not what we saw on Monday," Banks said.

But Banks said he's still behind the president.

"He has acknowledged now that he understands the severity of Russia's meddling in our election process and that we can't be naive or ignore that Russia did that," he said.

Banks also voiced his views on President Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, saying he likes Kavanaugh because he is pro-life, and he understands the job is to enforce laws and protect constitutional rights.

"I'm excited. I hope that both of our senators will vote to support Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court."

On a local level, Banks is excited to be a chairman of the house Veterans' Affairs subcommittee. The goal is to modernize the VA hospital.

"The Veterans hospital here in Fort Wayne is an old facility that dates back to the 1950s, so any improvement or upgrade is welcomed by our thousands of veterans who seek healthcare at the local VA hospital," the congressman said.

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