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Putin behind worsening U.S.-Russia relations, not Congress, - U.S. senators
08:03, 4 August 2017
Putin behind worsening U.S.-Russia relations, not Congress, - U.S. senators

Officials react to president Trump’s words about Congress’s guilt in this regard

08:03, 4 August 2017

Reuters

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is the one to be blamed for deteriorating relations between Moscow and Washington; it’s not the U.S. Congress that made the things worse. The Washington Post wrote that, referring to U.S. senators who have composedly commented on the issue.

The outlet quotes Trump saying he could ‘make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress’ and slamming it for contribution to worsening relations with Moscow, which he defined as ‘at an all-time and very dangerous low’.

Senator Bob Corker (Republicans, Tennessee), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. 'I know there’s some frustration. I get it,' Corker said, speaking of Trump's reaction to the sanctions bill. 'We acted in the country’s national interest in doing this. Putin, through his actions, is the one who has taken this relationship back to levels we haven’t seen since 1991,' he said as quoted.

His colleague from Arizona, Senator John McCain, responded to Trump on Twitter by blaming a different party: 'You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies,' The Washington Post quoted him as saying.

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