Corker: Obama’s foreign policy creates ‘danger’

 

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said President Obama’s foreign policy is “creating danger” around the world, particularly in Ukraine.

Corker, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has called on the administration to do more to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading more of Ukraine and other neighboring countries. Russia has already annexed Crimea.

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“What we’ve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,” Corker said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It can’t help itself but try to be in every 24-hour news cycle talking about what it’s going to do but then not actually do it.”

Corker and other Republican senators are expected to release legislation later Wednesday that lays out a U.S. response to Russian aggression in Europe.

Corker said their bill would strengthen NATO, deter Russia through tougher sanctions on its banking and energy sectors, and “harden non-NATO allies,” such as Moldova and Georgia.

Congress passed an aid package for Ukraine that included sanctions on some Russian leaders involved in the annexation of Crimea. Lawmakers have called for more action since pro-Russian militants took control of government building in eastern Ukraine.

The administration recently announced it would increase sanctions on Putin’s allies, but Corker said more should be done to sanction Russia’s energy sector. European allies have hesitated to agree to energy and banking sanctions because they get most of their natural gas from Russia.