Former Trump adviser Gorka urges targeted sanctions against Russian figures

President Trump’s former adviser Sebastian Gorka on Friday urged the U.S. to impose targeted sanctions on Russian figures. 

“General sanctions aren’t really that efficacious, unless you’ve got decades, and we don’t have decades to wait. This is an anti-status quo actor, and it destabilizes the region and is a bad actor globally,” Gorka told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on “Rising.” 

“The most effective thing I want to see more of is the targeted sanctions. When you target individual members of the government or the oligarchy you’re … what is the NYPD says? You squeeze their shoes. You make them feel the pressure especially in their Swiss bank accounts, their Cyprus bank accounts,” he continued.

“That changes behavior. What it’s about is behavior modification, so putting more modification, so putting more pressure on individual bad actors that are powerful in Russia.”

The administration in April inflicted sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and their businesses. The sanctions were added under a law passed through Congress last year in response to the Kremlins meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The administration in March slapped sanctions against five Russian organizations and 19 individuals for interference in the election and other cyberattacks in the U.S. Some of those figures have also been indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian election meddling.

Gorka’s comments come as President Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Trump said he plans to press Putin on the issue of election meddling and Russian military involvement in Syria.

— Julia Manchester

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