John McCain, a liberal Republican who never saw a potential war or nosy foreign intervention he didn’t like, is hitting Trump for not ramping-up tensions between East and West.
McCain slammed the Trump administration on Wednesday for hesitating on a key deadline in implementing new sanctions against Russia.
“The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed into law more than two months ago, following months of public debate and negotiations in Congress. They’ve had plenty of time to get their act together,” the senator said in a joint statement.
The McCain and Cardin-penned sanctions bill requires that the White House clarify which targets would be targeted as part of Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.
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The bill had been intended to force President Trump into punishing Russia for its tampering in the 2016 presidential election, with legislators fearing that the president would be overly lenient.McCain and Cardin sent a letter to Trump reminding him of the deadline on Sept. 29.
Also on September 29, Trump issued a memorandum delegating most of the responsibilities of making the decisions outlined in the bill to members of the Cabinet. Trump passed the authority to determine who counted as military or intelligence to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
According to their Wednesday statement, the duo believes the administration has been slow to implement at least one other step in the Russian response.
“[T]here does not appear to be a significant diplomatic effort to engage our allies in Europe and lead an effort to increase pressure on Moscow. Congressional intent was clear, reflected in the overwhelming bipartisan majority in favor of the legislation,” they said.
Hmm. “Punish Russia” for its tampering.
Doesn’t that really mean picking a fight over McCain’s pal Hillary losing to The Donald in 2016?
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