White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said President Donald Trump has been more successful with Russian relations than former President Barack Obama and blamed the previous administration for failing to do what was necessary.
“The president has been tough on Russia. And he’s been consistent on Russia. He has done things that the previous administration wasn’t willing to do,” Shah said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” “He authorized a bombing campaign in Syria against the Assad regime over Russian objections. He’s authorized the sale of offensive weapons in Ukraine, again, against Russian objection.”
“He has been tough, measured and smart when it comes to Russia,” Shah added. “If you want to treat this as an act of war, or something very extreme and have a forceful response to Russia, you know, the first place that Democrats should look is at the previous administration. They knew about this effort in 2014 and they failed to act for several years.”
Shah said Trump is holding Russia accountable when it’s appropriate but continuing to work with their government when the situation calls for it.
“I think the president is looking at the whole world. He actually is responsible for America’s foreign policy. He doesn’t just get to complain from Congress or the peanut gallery,” Shah concluded. “And he’s working with the Russians in some areas, but holding them to account in others.”
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