Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday equated Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFormer GOP lawmakers on endorsing Biden: Trump is no Republican, 'lacks basic self-control' Watchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Former intelligence agency director Robert Cardillo speaks out against 'erratic' Trump MORE’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."

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.

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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.