Sen. Chris Murphy, D-CT, on Tuesday said President Trump is sending a message to Russia by allowing them “free rein” around the globe.
Murphy said Trump’s lack of action in response to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and his keeping quiet on the expulsion of American diplomats from the Russain Federation was giving the country the ability to gain a presence in areas where it was previously “checked” by the U.S.
“We are in the position we are in today because Donald Trump has sent a myriad of signals to the Russians that they have free rein around the world,” Murphy said during an interview with MSNBC.
“To grow their influence,” Murphy continued. “To interfere in other people’s elections. To try to spread their influence into places we had checked them before.”
“I think his silence on the expulsion of hundreds of American diplomats is yet another signal to Putin that he can spread his wings in his periphery without any pushback,” the Connecticut Senator added.