John McCain, Republican Arizona Senator, said Sunday on “Face the Nation” that Russian President Vladimir Putin “got away with” trying to change the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and that there has been “no penalty” for the meddling that was done.
“We know that Russia tried to change the outcome of our election last November. And they did not succeed,” McCain said. “But there was really sophisticated attempts to do so. So far they have not paid a single price for that. If you were Vladimir Putin, who I’ve gotten to know over the years, you’re sitting there, and you got away with literally trying to change the outcome not just of our election. French election. Tried to overthrow the government of Montenegro, a beautiful little country,” McCain said.”And there has been no penalty whatsoever,” he added.
McCain’s comments came after the president issued some tweets Sunday morning that indicated it’s time “to move forward” in working with Russia. Trump said that in the recent meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany, that he “strongly pressed” Putin on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and he “vehemently denied it.”
“I’ve already given my opinion,” Mr. Trump tweeted. He continued: “We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” McCain agrees with Trump that it is time to move forward, but he maintains that there has to be a price to pay or Putin will be “encouraged to do so again.”
“I mean, does anyone doubt his intentions of undermining American supremacy, undermining democracy, the principles of freedom, and all of the things that have epitomized Europe and the world since the end of World War II? For the last 70 years, we’ve had a new world order. And that is now under severe stress not only in Europe but all over the world,” McCain said.
When Senator McCain was asked about Trump’s Sunday tweets in which the president said that he and Putin “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit,” McCain laughed at the notion of such a plan, saying “I am sure Putin could be of enormous assistance, since he’s doing the hacking. I mean it’s, look, I support this president. I did not support him, okay? But he is the president. I’ve tried to work with him wherever I can,” said McCain.
The Trump administration has focused on the achievement of negotiating a cease-fire in Syria with Russia. McCain commented on Rex Tillerson’s remarks that the U.S. had the “wrong approach” in regard to handling the Russians. McCain said, “you can’t make that up.”
The senator got emotional when he told Dickerson, “These are the same people that use precision-guided weapons to strike hospitals in Aleppo where sick and wounded people are.” He added, “I’ve met the White Hats. I know what the slaughter has been like. I know that the Russians knew that Bashar Assad was going to use chemical weapons. And to say that maybe we’ve got the wrong approach?” When McCain was asked if he had any regrets that he voted to confirm Tillerson, he said, “Sometimes I do. But I’m still torn by the fact that the American people chose this president. And he ought to be able to have his team.”
After you watch the interview below, let us know if you agree that Putin is getting away with meddling in the election.
Credit: CBS News