Carter: We shouldn't 'limit ourselves' in response to Russia

Carter: We shouldn't 'limit ourselves' in response to Russia
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Sunday that he does not believe the United States should limit itself in its response to Russia’s cyber attacks.

“I think we should not limit ourselves when cyber is the means used in aggression against us,” Carter told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I don’t think it should be a military, or purely military response,” he said.

Carter called the attacks “aggressive” when asked if he agreed with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Our military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' MORE (R-Ariz.) that Russia’s cyber attacks are an act of war.

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“Well, whatever you call it, it’s an aggressive act against our very democracy and I think that’s why all Americans need to regard it very seriously,” he said.