Republican Senator John McCain came forth to praise the Department of Justice’s announcement of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers this Friday after they were formally accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He continued on to say that President Donald Trump shouldn’t meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin unless he plans to hold him accountable.
“President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world,” the Arizona senator said in a statement released this Friday. “If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”
The statement came mere hours after the Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, alleging that they engaged in a “sustained effort” to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks.
Trump is scheduled to sit down Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied having ever meddled in the election, in Helsinki on Monday for a summit that includes a private meeting with only interpreters present.
McCain wasn’t the only member of the GOP to blast Putin following the indictments. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse issued a statement which read “all patriotic Americans” should be made aware that Putin is not “the President’s buddy.”
“The US intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the US,” he said in a statement. “This is not a Republican or a Democrat view — it is simply the reality. All patriotic Americans should understand that Putin is not America’s friend, and he is not the President’s buddy. We should stand united against Putin’s past and planned future attacks against us.”
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