Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told CNN Sunday that President Barack Obama needs to stop going on television to threaten dictators because it isn't his “strong suit.”
“Stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” Graham said on “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “It is not your strong suit. Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine.”
“We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression,” he said of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. "President Obama needs to do something. How about this: Suspend Russian membership in the G8 and the G20 at least for a year, starting right now, and for every day they stay in Crimea after the suspension. Do something.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told Graham that suspending Russian membership in the G8 is aready being considered by the White House.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Russia will face economic sanctions and expulsion from the G8 if President Vladimir Putin doesn’t halt this “incredible act of aggression” against the Ukraine.
“He is not going to have a Sochi G8, he may not even remain in the G8 if this continues,” Kerry said. “He may find himself with asset freezes, on Russian business, American business may pull back, there may be a further tumble of the ruble.”