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Sen. Cotton: Obama's Russian Retaliation 'Too Little, Too Late'

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By    |   Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 12:33 PM

Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama's retaliation against Russia for election hacking as too little and too late, arguing the administration "undermined" previous legislative efforts to confront Moscow.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Cotton, a member of the a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Obama has "consistently looked the other way from Russia’s provocations and aggression."

"It's not enough and it's certainly too late," he said of the Obama administration's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and sanctions.

"The [Democratic National Committee] hack last year was just one minor item in what Russia has done over the last eight years… But what has Barack Obama done for eight years?… I’m glad the president has finally realized the threat that Russia poses to the United States and our interests but I wish he had recognized this eight years ago."

Cotton charged that Obama actively "undermined" earlier congressional efforts by Congress to confront Russia.

"I wish they hadn't gone to such extents to undermine efforts to get tough on Russia," he said.

He also charged that the U.S. refusal to vote on the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements doesn't mean the Obama administration wasn't complicit.

"It only could have been brought forward and passed with explicit United States coordination with other members of the Security Council," he said of the resolution.

"If Barack Obama, John Kerry and Samantha Power hadn’t been speaking for months about the prospect of this resolution and had not been creating a climate inside the Security Council to let it come forward without firmly saying we will veto any one-sided anti-Israel resolution, no country would have brought that resolution forward," Cotton said.

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Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama's retaliation against Russia for election hacking as too little and too late, arguing the administration undermined previous legislative efforts to confront Moscow.
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