By Jeremy Herb - 08/01/13 08:45 PM EDT
Russia’s decision to grant National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asylum should be a "game changer" in U.S. relations, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.
“Today’s action by the Russian government could not be more provocative and is a sign of Vladimir Putin’s clear lack of respect for President Obama,” Graham said in a statement reacting to the news Thursday morning that Russia had given Snowden temporary asylum to stay in the country for one year.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions had to be met with "serious repercussions" and that it was time to "fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia."
“Russia’s action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States. It is a slap in the face of all Americans," McCain said in a statement.