LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said Monday he is not concerned about the possibility of Donald Trump having access to the nation’s nuclear codes but said he wishes Trump would focus more on the issues and less on things like his feud with the parents of a fallen soldier.
In a conference call with reporters, Westerman, R-Hot Springs, also said he supports the legislative agenda of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said her Republican opponent is “not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes.” Westerman told reporters Monday he would be more concerned about Clinton being in that position.
“If the American people elect him, I’m confident in turning over those codes to him because he will be our commander-in-chief,” he said. “I’m certainly not real comfortable with having Hillary Clinton as commander-in-chief, with her track record in the Obama administration.”
Westerman also said he trusts that Trump would surround himself with good advisers as president.
Asked if Trump’s criticism of the Democratic National Convention appearance by Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army soldier killed in Iraq, has affected his support for Trump, Westerman said, “I’m still supporting Trump. I wish he would focus more on the issues that matter and not get trapped up in some of the things that he’s been trapped up in.”
Westerman said Trump “wasn’t my first choice and he probably wasn’t my second choice, but now that it’s down between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it’s pretty easy for me.”
“I see Hillary Clinton as President Obama 3.0, and I don’t think we’ll make much progress in the right direction with her as president. And I sure think she will appoint liberals to the Supreme Court that will forever change the direction of our country,” he said.
Westerman also said he supports and provided input for A Better Way, the legislative agenda developed by the House speaker and the House Republican Conference.
“I’ve heard it before that ‘Republicans are just opposed to stuff. What are you for?’ Well you can go to better.gop and you can see what we’re for,” he said.
Items on the agenda include reducing federal regulations, repealing the Affordable Care Act, giving states flexibility to innovate with health care programs, developing a global strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism, strengthening border security, strengthening work requirements for welfare and cutting taxes, among other things.