Tim Kaine returns to Capitol Hill, focused on Senate work

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks with ABC7 News' Jeff Goldberg in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Over the past week, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has mostly been spending time with family and winding down after the vice presidential candidate's unexpected loss. But Wednesday Kaine was back on Capitol Hill, appearing energized and in good spirits, saying he is now focused on his work in the Senate and its future dealings with President-elect Donald Trump.

“I’m very proud I was [Hillary Clinton's] running mate. I’m very proud she won Virginia handily and won the popular vote. But obviously disappointed in the outcome,” he said.

Since the election of Trump, Kaine has been watching the protests across the country and listening to the concerns of fellow Democrats - even fears - about the Republican’s positions on issues like immigration and foreign policy.

“You can’t automatically assume that everything said during the campaign is gonna be done," he said. "But when actions are taken, we either need to stand up and either say we support this or not.”

One action Kaine does not support is Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, as chief White House strategist.

“His connections to white nationalism, his connections to anti-Semitism, I think sends an absolutely horrible message," he said. "And that does make people afraid and you can understand why.”

Kaine will continue to serve on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, both of which he says will be critical in responding to Trump’s foreign policy.

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