Whatever President Trump is trying to do to counter Russian influence is not working because Russia is “running wild,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday.
Graham said on “Fox News Sunday” Trump needs to be more forceful in pushing against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The problem is that Russia is running wild. Whatever we are doing is not working, and the president for some reason has a hard time pushing back against Putin directly,” he said.
“Again, economic isolation of Russia. They have an oil and gas economy. They couldn’t survive very long without customers. If I were President Trump, Germany and Europe, France, I would try to cut off all of their customers and provide alternatives to their customers for oil and gas outside of Russia. That’s what I’d do.”
The idea of using American fossil fuels as a diplomatic weapon against Russia is not new and was one of the chief justifications for Congress lifting the ban on oil exports.
Graham has been mostly complimentary of Trump’s foreign policy but is a clear critic of Trump’s stance toward Russia, which he believes could be stiffer.