Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Staff Writer

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections. Trump also declined to say whether he believed the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered.
Sheppard, who left the military after 13 years in 2005 and is now a tax attorney, couldn't believe his ears.
"It's like I'm watching somebody commit treason," he said of Trump.
But former U.S. Marine Boe Bostjancic, a 61-year-old Virginia Beach resident, said while he didn't particularly care for Trump's performance in Helsinki, the president was acting like the same politically incorrect leader he voted for and still supports...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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