Schumer: Pompeo must give 'shot across the bow' to Putin on election meddling

Schumer: Pompeo must give 'shot across the bow' to Putin on election meddling
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) is warning Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US, India to share satellite data | Allegations of racism at Virginia Military Institute | Navy IDs 2 killed in Alabama plane crash US, India to share sensitive satellite data Office of Special Counsel widens Pompeo probe into Hatch Act violations  MORE to take a hard line in his meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinScarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump Kremlin: Biden encouraging hatred of Russia President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him MORE.

“Secretary of State Pompeo must make clear that the cost of trying to interfere with American elections will be dear. Secretary of State Pompeo must deliver a shot across the bow to Putin and any other foreign adversary that would dare think about trying to influence our elections,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. 


He added that “anything less from Secretary Pompeo will be a failure of democracy.”

Schumer’s comment comes a day before Pompeo is set to meet with Putin. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE will also meet with Putin at the G-20 summit in June.

Democrats have criticized Trump’s Russia policy, arguing that he’s been too soft on Moscow’s meddling during the 2016 election.

Schumer added on Monday that it’s “long past time” for the administration “to make it crystal clear that another interference campaign by Putin will not be tolerated.”

“The secretary of state, Michael Pompeo, has an obligation to warn President Putin that any action to interfere in our elections will be met with an immediate and robust response,” he said.