US senators say they would counter incoming President Donald Trump if he moves to establish warm relations with Russia.
Lawmakers from both political parties would like Trump to rein in Russia, but they are also willing to take unilateral measures if necessary, according to an analysis by congressional newspaper The Hill.
“We cannot sit on the sidelines as a party and let allegations against a foreign government interfering in our election process go unanswered because it may have been beneficial to our case for the moment,” Senator Lindsey Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican said he was planning a multi-pronged approach, which would include helping allies in Eastern Europe counter Russia and holding a series of congressional hearings to highlight Russian “misadventures.”
Graham’s closest ally, Republican Senator John McCain, warned Trump last week against another “reset” of US-Russia relations, accusing President Vladimir Putin of “tyranny” and “murder.”
As expected: “Although it is certain that the neocons and the US deep state prefer Hillary as the next president, Trump is not someone who couldn't handle. No matter what he says, it wouldn't be too hard to be pushed by the neocons in another dead-end war.”