A defiant Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) just sent a clear message to President Donald Trump amid speculation that he may lift sanctions against Russia.
“Don’t even think about it or I’ll lead a congressional effort to pass them into law,” Mccain warned, according to The Huffington Post.
Earlier today, McCain blasted trump, calling him “unprepared to deal with Russia.” Now the Arizona senator has lauched a full blown assault on the Trump administration.
“I hope, for the sake of America’s national security and that of our allies, that President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course,” McCain said in a blistering statement. “If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.”
McCain’s warning comes a day before Trump is scheduled to talk to President Vladimir Putin by phone. It’s Trump’s first known conversation with the Russian leader since becoming president, after an election in which Russian hackers intervened and influenced its outcome to benefit Trump. U.S. counterintelligence agents have investigated Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of a probe into the role of the Russian government in the hackings.
McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, is one of many lawmakers in both parties uneasy about Trump appearing soft on Putin (which may have something to do with wealthy Russians investing in his real estate ventures for decades). Moments after Trump’s press conference, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued a statement saying he is “deeply concerned” that Trump may be planning to lift sanctions.
“Trump should remember that the man on the other end of the line is a murderer and a thug who seeks to undermine American national security interests at every turn,” McCain said. “For our commander-in-chief to think otherwise would be naïve and dangerous.”