President Barack Obama should “stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” because “it’s not his strong suit,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley on Sunday.
“Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. President Obama needs to do something. How about this: suspend Russian membership in the G-8, in the G-20, at least for a year, starting right now, and for every day they stay in their Crimea, add to the suspension. Do something.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), appearing with Graham, said he expects the president to speak out against Putin’s “bully” tactics, and he noted that the administration already has suggested removing Russia from the G-8.
“Now what Congress has to do, what the Senate should do, quickly, is a resolution condemning what Putin has done; second, saying that if Ukraine will stand up for real reform, that we’re going to back them through the IMF, and making it clear to our allies in NATO that that alliance is strong, and neighbors of Russia — that we are going to do everything in our power to discourage further aggression by Putin.”
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