U.S. official: We won’t give up on Russia
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Monday that the Trump administration is not “giving up on” Moscow.
McConnell said that the United States has “very robust sanctions” against Russia that are working, and said that he believes Trump has the authority to take action against Russia.
“It is a very robust sanctions package, and if he wants to take a stronger stand against Russia, I think that’s within his right to do so,” McConnell said on ABC’s “This Week.”
He added, “I’m confident that he has the power to take that action.”
President Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday that he was not going to give up “the oil, the gas, the uranium” he claims Russia has stolen from the United State.
“We’re not giving up our oil, our gas, our uranium,” Trump said.
“The deal is not over.”
McConnell told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that he hopes the president’s decision to move forward with sanctions against Russia will be the catalyst for Russia to reverse its recent move toward Ukraine and Crimea.
“We know that Russia is continuing to try to destabilize Ukraine and has a lot of assets there,” McConnell told ABC.
“I hope that if this is a wake-up call, if this puts the Russians on notice that they need to be much more careful about what they’re doing, then the pressure they need, and the sanctions they need put on them.”
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