Senator McCain calls for tough sanctions against Russia for interfering with election

Senator John McCain described Russia as a greater threat to global security than ISIS, referencing the country’s attempts at interfering with democratic processes. The senator said he believes the Senate should finally respond to Russia and impose sanctions.
Senator McCain (Archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Amid the continued investigations into Russia’s involvement with US President Donald Trump, Republican Senator John McCain said Monday night that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a greater danger to world security than ISIS. "I think ISIS can do terrible things. But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election," he explained.

McCain said in an interview with ABC Australia that although there is still no evidence that the Russians succeeded in changing the results of the American elections, they did try and are still trying, pointing to the French election as another example.

The 2008 presidential candidate said that the Senate should push for tough sanctions against Moscow in response to its attempts to interfere with the election: "We have done nothing since the election last November to respond to Vladimir Putin's attempt to change the outcome of our elections. So, way to go Vladimir. We haven't responded at all.”

McCain, who is considered one of the leading American experts on foreign policy and serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also discussed the American forces deployed in Afghanistan.

"I do believe that the President has great confidence in the national security team. I do believe most of the time that he accepts their advice and counsel," said McCain, who is considered one of Trump's hardline critics. "Can I tell you that he does [that] all the time? No. Does it bother me? Yes, it bothers me.

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