As president-elect Donald Trump continues to defend Russia and shower president Vladimir Putin with praise, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are leading GOP criticism of Russia’s recent hacking. The Arizona senator called Russia’s alleged cyber attack to influence the 2016 presidential election an ‘act of war’ and demanded stronger sanctions for the Russian Federation.
“When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said on Ukrainian TV after meeting with President Petro Poroshenko on Friday, The Daily Mail reported.
“We have to make sure that there is a price to pay for Russia’s brazen attack on American democracy,” McCain said.
McCain, who serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also scheduled a hearing next week on foreign cyber threats that will focus on Russia. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Mike Rogers and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre are scheduled to testify, according to a CNN report.
McCain is also pushing for the creation of a Select Committee in Congress to investigate allegations that Russia hacked the US to help Trump win the election.
Both he and Republican Sen Lindsey Graham issued a join statement saying they intent to “lead the effort” in Congress for stronger sanctions against Russia.
Meanwhile, Trump recently tweeted that Putin was ‘very smart’ for not retaliating against Obama’s recent sanctions, even pinning the tweet to the top of his timeline.
He then tweeted later in the day: “Russians are playing @CNN and @NBCNews for such fools – funny to watch, they don’t have a clue! @FoxNews totally gets it!”
Based on everything we’ve witnessed over the last few weeks, it’s hard not to assume that Trump is actually working for Putin.