Delaware’s US senators have voiced their support for President Obama’s sanctions against Russia, leveled in response to that nation’s cyber hacking of US targets, and intelligence community reports they intended to meddle in US elections.
The two Democrats, Tom Carper and Chris Coons, issued rebukes of Russia and backing for the sanctions, which included expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in the US as well as the seizure of properties in New York and nearby Maryland.
President-elect Donald Trump has voiced skepticism about the reports of Russian hacking, and responded cooly to the Obama actions. Yesterday his spokesperson, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, questioned the timing and effectiveness of the sanctions.
Carper said he applauded administration steps “to hold Russia accountable and safeguard our democracy. The intelligence community has concluded that Russia’s interference in our most recent election was unprecedented, and there must be real consequences for such outrageous actions. These sanctions make clear that any efforts to undermine our democratic processes will not be tolerated.”
In his statement referring to the Russian sanctions, Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Services Committee, said “an attack on our democracy is an attack on all Americans, so I am glad to hear many of my Republican and Democratic colleagues call for hearings, legislation and continued action to ensure a strong, united response.”
Republican Senator John McCain has said he plans to hold hearings on the Russian hacking early in this new year.