President Donald Trump’s decision to sanction Russia over its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election will “absolutely” mean that the president must accept any sanctions he may face as part of any future agreement with the Kremlin, Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP says Trump ‘will be impeached’ if he tries to fire Rosenstein Dems push back on using government funds for pre-election campaign MORE (R-S.C.) told ABC News on Sunday.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. should not just tolerate the threat of sanctions, but should take action to impose a tougher, more damaging response.
“You cannot have an open and democratic society without having the ability to punish individuals and countries for their actions, and you have the president right now making a decision that he can accept any sanction that Russia imposes,” Graham said.
“I think that’s what we’re seeing right now in a situation where Russia is violating the U: sanctions agreement,” he added.
The U.N. Security Council has already adopted a resolution imposing a raft of new sanctions on Moscow, which were originally set to be ratified by the U, but have been delayed due to Russian efforts to undermine the accord.
Trump last week told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was willing to “deal with anything” to punish Russia, but that he would not accept any punishment.
“If Russia goes out and does what they’re doing, which is hack our computers, steal our data, we’re going to take care of it,” Trump said.
Trump on Saturday criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for allegedly interfering in the election and called for an investigation into whether Russia sought to influence the outcome.
Trump’s comments have drawn criticism from lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain John Sidney McCainFox News CEO Scott, New Yorker’s Farrow, Dem group call for investigation into Trump administration’s handling of Russia investigation Trump Jr. calls on Senate to hold Russia investigation hearings ‘in the open’Senate Democrats call for more details on alleged Russian interference in U.K. electionTrump on Monday rejected the U .
S. intelligence assessment that Russia had interfered in the U.’s presidential election and said the report was “ridiculous.”
The White House on Sunday disputed that assessment, saying the U’s assessment is “not a slam dunk” and that the U could easily have taken other steps.
“It’s not a slam-dunk.
It’s a very, very preliminary assessment,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
The president also accused Congress of politicizing an issue he said was a major national security issue, saying lawmakers were “not doing their jobs” in the wake of the report.
“Congress has been talking about these issues for years and years and I’m disappointed that they have not been doing their job,” he said.
He said Congress has been “playing politics with this.”