Censor.NET reports citing Roll Call.
"The White House on Thursday revealed a set of economic sanctions and other penalties intended to squeeze Russian leaders for backing and - as Obama administration officials have acknowledged - being directly involved in hacking email servers designed to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Republican lawmakers who are influential on Capitol Hill on defense and foreign policy issues had called for the White House to respond with even sharper elbows. Some have issued dire assessments of what the Kremlin-backed hacking means for the United States, and suggested they will join with Democrats to propose even stiffer penalties on Russia - meaning Trump appears on a collision course with his party.
"By aligning with Democrats, rather than backing the incoming GOP president, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and others are signaling just one of a number of areas that could leave Trump's early months dominated by Republican infighting," the article reads.
"While today's action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world," Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin said.
The senators appeared to be indeed divided on additional sanctions against Russia. As reported by CNBC, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two hawks on U.S. policy toward Russia, said they will lead the push in the upcoming Congress for sanctions on Moscow that are stronger than those the Obama administration announced Thursday.
"The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration today are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia," the senators said in a joint statement Thursday.
Some back-bench Republicans refrained from criticizing Russia at all. As reported by Chicago Tribune, Republican Sen. Trent Franks, a conservative from a deep red district, said on MSNBC that it was important to note that no one accused Russia of hacking the election itself. (Some misleading headlines have given that impression, and polling has shown nearly half of Clinton voters willing to believe in such a hack.).
"The bottom line is if they succeeded, if Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done," said Franks.
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN that he was "not thoroughly convinced" that Russia had been behind the hack. The immediate problem, he suggested, was that president-elect Donald Trump, who has called for the media to move on from the Russia story, had not been consulted.
Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a decree on new sanctions against Russia on Dec. 29. Besides, Dec. 30, t he U.S. Department of State declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status.
Trump's campaign had 18 undisclosed contacts with officials with Kremlin ties, including Ukrainian oligarch Medvedchuk, - Reuters(0)