'Weak' Obama is blasted for his 'laughable' response to Putin as both parties say President is letting Russia push him around
Prominent politicians from both sides blasted President Barack Obama's 'weak' response to Russia military incursions into Ukraine
Secretary of State John Kerry called for an immediate de-escalation of hostilities and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
President Obama had a 90 minute phone call Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Obama condemned the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine and pulled the US out of preparatory meetings for an upcoming G-8 summit in Sochi
The UN Security Council held open hearings on the growing crisis where the revocation of trade deals was discussed
By Associated Press and Ryan Gorman
PUBLISHED: 16:27 EST, 1 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 EST, 2 March 2014
Senior US politicians from both parties criticized President Barack Obama's threats to Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for immediate sanctions if troops are not immediately withdrawn from Ukraine
Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Marco Rubio (FL) and Bob Corker (TN) and others, as well as some Democrats, reached across the aisle to call for immediate sanctions against Russia and aid to Ukraine before Putin becomes even more emboldened.
McCain was quick to criticize the president's threats in an interview with the Daily Beast, calling them 'laughable' and partly blaming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for thinking she and Obama could 'reset' relations with Russia back in 2009.
'She believed that somehow there would be a reset with a guy who was a KGB colonel who always had ambitions to restore the Russian empire,' said McCain. 'That’s what this is all about.'