Graham: The Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia


Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the Trump administration had “a blind spot” on Russia. Partial transcript as follows: TODD: You have come on this show numerous times and said that Russia needs to be punished. You passed a tough sanctions bill. You passed it in July the president signed a bill in early August, there was a deadline of October 1. It is October 20 and the sanctions have not been implemented, why? GRAHAM: I think that President Trump is slow on Russia. They have a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out. TODD: At what point is that circumstantial evidence to you sir? GRAHAM: All I can say is whenever the Russia investigation takes us, it takes us. In ’16 they interfered with the elections. I don’t think they effected the results. In ’18 and ’20 they’re coming back against us. What are the rules of engagement? What they did in 2016, did that amount to an act of war? How do you respond to cyber threats? Russia is going to get worse if not better. Mr. President, go after Russia because they’re coming after us. TODD: How are you going to
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Matthew Dowd: Old GOP Is ‘Gone,’ Trump’s Party Would Never Nominate Lincoln, Reagan


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while discussing President George W. Bush’s comments last week, former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said the Republican Party as it was before President Donald Trump was “gone.” Dowd said, “George W. Bush is someone who disappeared for eight years during Barack Obama’s term. He went back to Texas, went about his business, never said a word. Those words said would not have been said if not for Donald Trump and what has been happening in the campaign and Steve Bannon. What has to be recognized by Republicans and many conservatives who have resisted Donald Trump is that the Republican party as they know it is gone. This is a party that would never nominate Lincoln again, never nominate Teddy Roosevelt. They certainly wouldn’t nominate Ronald Reagan. That party is gone.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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