Jun 23 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on today’s story in The Washington Post on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election:
“Today's Washington Post story provides shocking new detail of what many of us have asserted all along: that the Obama administration abjectly failed to deter Russian aggression, including Vladimir Putin's ultimate attack on our interests and values—the active, purposeful effort to undermine the integrity of American democracy and shift the outcome of last year's election. As the Post story also makes clear, the Obama administration failed to impose any meaningful costs on Russia for its attack on American democracy last year—a failure, sadly, that has not been rectified yet by the current administration or by the Congress.
“The sanctions legislation that the Senate passed recently is the beginning of a more serious response, and it is essential that the Congress delay no further and send this legislation to the President for his signature. It is then incumbent on the President and the Congress to work together to develop a strategy to deter Russian aggression, both across its borders and in cyberspace. If we do not, our continued weakness will be further provocation to Vladimir Putin, and no one should be surprised when he continues to attack our interests, our values, and our allies.”