U.S. senators are continuing to call for even stronger sanctions against Russia over allegations Russian agencies meddled in November’s U.S. election. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar visited the country Georgia over the weekend and vowed action against Russia. This is South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “We hope to make 2017 a year of offense. We believe that Putin has hacked into our elections in America, that he’s trying to undermine democracy all over the world, and it’s time for new sanctions to hit him hard as an individual—his energy sector, his banking sector. It is time to push back against Putin, but be a better friend to our allies over here, including Georgia, to be more helpful. So 2017 is a year of offense, and we’re going to tell our colleagues what’s at stake if we don’t push back.”
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retaliate against President Obama’s move last week to expel 35 Russian diplomats and impose new sanctions on Russian agencies accused of election meddling.