Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on CNN’s “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Tuesday to say that there’s going to be a “problem” is President Trump doesn’t use sanctions on Russia.
Sen. Graham, in reference to sanctions already approved by the president but not yet implemented, said, “I think the president is making a serious miscalculation here. The Russians will only respond when we push back. They did interfere with our election. They will keep doing it until the price for doing it is too great. Let’s impose these sanctions that the Congress passed overwhelmingly, and the only way you’re going to get Putin’s attention, in my view, is to push back.”
He also said, “I think [Trump has] got North Korea just absolutely right. We’re never going to let them hit the American homeland with a nuclear weapon, if we have to go to war to stop it, we will. I think he understands the Iranian threat very well. I think he’s done done a good job of suppressing ISIL.”
He continued, “But when it comes to Russia, I think he’s making a mistake here. And at the end of the day, we’re a separate branch of government and we’re going to push back and hopefully the president will respond and implement the law that we passed. If he doesn’t, then we’re going to have a problem.”