Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Thursday equated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to President Obama’s responsibility for the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
Franks made the point on Twitter, where he he often criticizes the president using the hashtag "Obama's failures."
Putin didn't personally down MH17. Obama didn't personally open border. But their policies created atmosphere that allowed these situations.— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) July 24, 2014
The Obama administration has blamed Russia for the downed plane, saying at a minimum the Kremlin provided the separatists with equipment and training. Evidence so far suggests pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine shot it down using a Buk missile.
Amid the crisis in Ukraine, many GOP lawmakers have criticized Obama and the administration for not attending to the influx of unaccompanied children into the U.S. from Central America. More than 57,000 have entered the country since last October.
Obama, in turn, has blasted Republicans for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.