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McConnell Teases Support for More Russian Sanctions

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By    |   Friday, 07 Apr 2017 06:23 PM

Russia is not a friend of the United States and President Donald Trump should perhaps think about placing more sanctions on it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday.

During a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, McConnell told reporters he might be willing to get behind a White House plan that would essentially punish Russia for supporting the Syrian government — which the U.S. suspects to have been behind this week's gas attack on civilians.

"If [the administration] feel they need additional sanctions, or we can come up with something that seems to enjoy bipartisan support, I'd be open to it," McConnell said, The Hill reports.

The Kentucky Republican noted that he'd also be open to talking about Russian sanctions with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).

"I think it's certainly good that the administration's not lifted any of the existing sanctions," McConnell said. "The Russians are not our friends. I think they've demonstrated that over and over and over again."

The White House responded to this week's gas attack on civilians by launching five dozen missiles at a Syrian air base Thursday night. Russia responded by calling it "an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext."

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