GOP congressman says US should 'start thinking about hitting back' at Russia

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, a top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke to ABC 'This Week' co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

6/14/2021 12:54:00 AM

GOP Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the U.S. to 'start thinking about hitting back' at Russia as Pres. Joe Biden prepares for a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, a top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke to ABC 'This Week' co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

to Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline being built from Russia to the coast of Germany.The meeting comes two days after Biden attends the NATO summit in Brussels and days after he met with the Group of Seven leaders in the U.K.McCaul said it was a"smart" decision for Biden to attend the two summits prior to meeting with Putin.

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"I think it's important we work with our NATO allies, we work with the G-7," he said."I think in the past and (with former president Donald) Trump, the frustration was there was a lot of talk and no action, so that's why we espoused 'America First,' we wanted to espouse our ideals over our European partners. Now I think it's better when we work together."

McCaul though criticized what he described as a lack of"repercussions" from Biden against Putin on cyberattacks, saying,"I think we need to demonstrate -- and the president needs to demonstrate to Putin -- there will be consequences to your actions if you continue to do this." headtopics.com

MORE: Majority of Americans trust Joe Biden to negotiate on US behalf with foreign counterparts: POLL"I think sanctions are great, but I think it's time to start thinking about hitting back," he said."They need to know that when they do this, there are consequences to their actions and we're going to hit them back. Until we do that, they're going to continue with bad behavior."

Some Republicans have argued that Biden should not meet with Putin during his presidential debut on the world stage because of the controversies surrounding Russia.When pressed by Raddatz on whether he agrees with Republican critics of the meeting, McCaul called the one-on-one with Putin the"most powerful and most dangerous meeting" of Biden's overseas trip.

"I think the price for admission to the ticket for this seat was way too high," McCaul said of the meeting, citing as an example the moving forward on construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which some critics have warned will increase Russia's leverage over Europe and which McCaul called a"bad move."

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