Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice doubled down on her comments to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California Friday, when she said the American people are ready to move on from the Russia controversy.
“I think the American people are ready to move on,” Rice said on “Fox & Friends.” “Everybody wants to know what happened. But as I also said to Congressman Schiff, the intel committees also need to focus on what the Russians did, how they did it because the first time, shame on them. The next time shame on us if they can do it again. I think there is too little attention to what they actually did and how we are going to deal with it.”
Rice also suggested instituting sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, but cautioned against alienating the Russian people.
“We have already used sanctions and I actually think sanctions against Putin and his inner circle are very effective,” Rice concluded. “Sanctions saying this person can’t travel. This person can’t visit. You have to realize the reach of the United States is really broad. So when you are listed by the United States, it really has an effect on what you can and cannot do. I’d be a little careful about sanctions on some aspects of the economy because there are some young Russians there for whom contact with the west is really important. We want to isolate Putin and Putinism. But we don’t want to isolate the Russian people.”
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