U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday called President Obama “weak and indecisive” for his handling of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine.
“What more do you want from President Obama at this point?” CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee on “State of the Nation.”
Graham responded with harsh words for Obama.
“Well, No.1, stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” the senator said. “It is not your strong suit. Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression.”
Graham suggested Obama suspend Russia’s membership in the G-8 and the G-20 summits for at least a year, beginning immediately, extending the suspension as long as troops are in Crimea.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., didn’t like the idea.
“Well, of course, I disagree,” he said. “You would expect the president of the United States to speak out against what Putin is trying to achieve here. We’ve got to remember that Putin developed his diplomatic finesse as the head of the Soviet secret police. And his idea of invading countries occupying them and really daring people to go to war … those are the tactics of a bully.”
The senators did agree on developing missile defense in the region and strengthening the NATO alliance.
Watch the discussion here via CNN:
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