PressTV: US senators promise to act against Trump on Russia ties



US Senators John McCain (L) and Lindsey Graham (File photo)
US Senators John McCain (L) and Lindsey Graham (File photo)

US senators say they would counter incoming President Donald Trump if he moves to establish warm relations with Russia.

Lawmakers from both political parties would like Trump to rein in Russia, but they are also willing to take unilateral measures if necessary, according to an analysis by congressional newspaper The Hill.

“We cannot sit on the sidelines as a party and let allegations against a foreign government interfering in our election process go unanswered because it may have been beneficial to our case for the moment,” Senator Lindsey Graham said.

The South Carolina Republican said he was planning a multi-pronged approach, which would include helping allies in Eastern Europe counter Russia and holding a series of congressional hearings to highlight Russian “misadventures.”

Graham’s closest ally, Republican Senator John McCain, warned Trump last week against another “reset” of US-Russia relations, accusing President Vladimir Putin of “tyranny” and “murder.”

Donald Trump waves to the media from the steps at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in New Jersey. (Photo by AFP)

“With the US presidential transition underway, Vladimir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States,” the Arizona senator said after the first phone conversation between Trump and the Russian leader.

“We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies, and attempted to undermine America’s elections.”

The increased pressure from the Senate comes as the House of Representatives passed legislation that would impose sanctions on the government of Syria and its supporters, including Russia and Iran.

Lawmakers have for years accused President Barack Obama of not being firm enough against Putin in the face of Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine and more recently its air campaign in Syria.

This handout photo taken on November 20, 2016 and released by the Presidencia del Peru shows US President Barack Obama (R) speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Peru. (Via AFP)

They are now even more concerned with Trump who has openly praised the Russian president and called him a much stronger leader than Obama.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, expressed concern about the appointment of controversial former Army general Michael Flynn as Trump’s national security adviser.

“I am deeply concerned about his views on Russia, which over the last 12 months have demonstrated the same fondness for the autocratic and belligerent Kremlin which animate President-elect Trump’s praise of Vladimir Putin,” Schiff said.

Donald Trump (L) jokes with retired Gen. Michael Flynn as they speak at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Colorado. (Photo by AFP)

Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, echoed that concern on Friday, saying he is “disturbed by General Flynn’s relationships and ties with Russian actors.”

“There are Democrats and Republicans that are, I think most members of Congress, that are very concerned about Russia’s activities and how we try to reconcile that with statements that Donald Trump made during the course of his campaign,” said Cardin, who is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On Sunday, Putin said Trump had confirmed to him he was willing to mend ties with Russia. “The president-elect confirmed he is willing to normalize Russian-American relations. I told him the same.”

Trump’s campaign had been hit with many controversies since its inception in early 2015. But the real estate tycoon still managed to stun the world by defeating the heavily-favored Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the November 8 election.

Trump will take office as the 45th US president in January.



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  1. Closet dweller Graham and his off the chain partner McCain are a strange faction of privateers and bad news for the US. R. B. Cheney has not retired from the echelons of private neoconistas you can rest assured this group have clear and present dangerous ideas. Approach with extreme caution, the rouges are very dangerous and do not share popular ideals.

  2. “We cannot sit on the sidelines as a party and let allegations against a foreign government interfering in our election process go unanswered because it may have been beneficial to our case for the moment…” – Senator Lindsey Graham

    Unless, of course that foreign government is Israel.

    Please ignore the elephant in the room.

  3. The only people more disgusting than McCain and Graham are those that keep electing these criminals. If there is ever a nuclear exchange, I can only hope that their states get it first.

  4. So Graham (R) said the exact same statement about Russians like the one that was issued from Clinton’s election room (D) few weeks ago. Who are they trying to fool? If Putin or Farage or Le Pen supposedly welcome Trump then what can they achieve working with Republicans this time? Nothing again. Hell whatever sells the elections is good for them, right?

  5. “We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies, and attempted to undermine America’s elections.”

    What? I didn’t know Obama was ex-KGB…

  6. Liberals want war with Russia.

    Graham is a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.[53]

    It has been chaired by Arizona Senator John McCain since January 1993.[1][3]

    However, the majority of its board, staff and consultants are drawn from the Republican Party.[9] Its sister organization, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, draws mainly from the Democratic Party.

    • The IRI and NDI are tied to Liberal International in London as is the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AAFD) (until 2011 Network of Arab Liberals, NAL).

      Perhaps Mr. Duff can also verify that not all Rothschilds are Zionist and that some are Liberals?

  7. Just another indirect confirmation of Duff/VT’s pre- & post-election stories that Bibi & his Israelis were & are the driving force behind covert Russian assistance in computerized election rigging in key Electoral College states: FL, NC, PA & MI. Super-reliable exit polls from those key states favored Hillary, yet the (rigged) election results favored Trump. Despite warnings from Duff/VT, Hillary & Dems did nothing to counter it.

    Bibi & his fellow Bush/NeoCon warmongers still favor WW3 between U.S. & Russia (etc.). Let’s see how Trump’s intent for a U.S./Russia relationship reset plays out with the political realities of Washington, Wall St. & City of London (which is still a Rotten-Child stronghold).

  8. John McCain is a confessed war criminal, is he not? He even served time for it . . ..

    (When I look into his eyes, I see the letters D-I-P-S-H-I-T.)

    • Before resigning in disgrace, President Richard Nixon pardoned John McCain for his treason in Vietnam.

      Thereafter, McCain spent much of his time in Congress blocking rescue efforts for fellow U.S. soldiers who were also held captive in North Vietnam.

      McCain did this because McCain’s fellow captive U.S. soldiers would tell others about McCain’s treason against the U.S. and his fellow U.S. soldiers in Vietnam.

    • The bigger problem is… he keeps getting elected by his people… the generation that contributed more to getting the US into the dismal state that it is in now, than any other. They became drunk on the Kool-Aid.

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