#QuickTake: Cotton Challenges Obama’s Parting Narrative on Russia

By NTK Staff | 01.01.2017 @10:57am
#QuickTake: Cotton Challenges Obama’s Parting Narrative on Russia

On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) challenged the Obama administration's tough rhetoric on Russia, saying Obama has failed to draw "boundaries" for Putin.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Shannon Bream on Fox News Sunday to kick off the new year and discuss the issue of Russian hacking. In recent days, the Obama administration sanctioned Russia for its involvement in election year hacks.

Cotton challenged the Obama administration’s tough rhetoric on Russia, claiming instead Obama “has not drawn … boundaries” for Vladimir Putin. “They’ve actively opposed measures to toughen up on Russia,” Cotton continued, citing examples of actions he supported that the White House rejected.

“What Vladimir Putin needs” with the new administration, Cotton argued, “is a sense of new boundaries.”

Cotton also denied that the hacks led to Hillary Clinton’s demise in the November election.

“Unless Vladimir Putin hacked into Hillary Clinton’s calendar,” cancelling rallies and changing her message, hacking “didn’t have an impact on this election,” Cotton said.

Cotton also noted that Russia has taken part in “nefarious activities over the last eight years,” seeming to question the Democratic Party’s sudden interest in stopping Russia after hacks of the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

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