After missing a key deadline in implementing sanctions against Russia this Wednesday, Arizona Senator John McCain as well as Ben Cardin didn’t hold back when it came to unleashing their wrath against President Donald Trump and his administration.
In a joint statement released this Wednesday, the pair stated, “The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed into law more than two months ago, following months of public debate and negotiations in Congress,” adding how, “They’ve had plenty of time to get their act together.”
The bill which McCain and his colleague referred to was intended to force the commander-in-chief into punishing Russia for ‘meddling’ with the 2016 presidential election, with many legislators fearing that the president would be overly lenient. The remarks of the two senators come after they sent a letter to Trump reminding him of the deadline on this September 29.
However the blame isn’t to be put on him at all, since on that same day, the POTUS issued a memorandum delegating most of the responsibilities of making the decisions outlined n the bill to other Cabinet members, passing the authority to determine who counted as military or intelligence to Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State.
The duo on the other hand, has revealed in their Wednesday statement that they believe the administration has been slow to implement at least one other step in the Russian response, writing, “[T]here does not appear to be a significant diplomatic effort to engage our allies in Europe and lead an effort to increase pressure on Moscow. Congressional intent was clear, reflected in the overwhelming bipartisan majority in favor of the legislation.”