Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty said on Monday that the Biden administration needs to impose sanctions on Russia immediately before Ukraine is invaded.
Hagerty shared the words on Fox News’s “Your World” to address the tense situation along the Russian and Ukraine border.
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“I’ll tell you where I am right now. And that is that Russia, and frankly, the world has heard enough of tough talk. Actions speak much louder than words,” Hagerty said.
“What we need to do is impose sanctions right now to give Vladimir Putin a taste of what’s to come and to demonstrate America’s resolve,” he added.
The concern is not only about Russia, but also about China, Iran and other nations, according to the senator.
“China is watching this, too; the ayatollahs in Iran are watching this. And what they can see is an America that won’t defend its own southern border, an America that actually walked away from energy independence, and has done everything in its power to wage war on oil and gas. We need to reverse course there and stand strong,” Hagerty said.
The strong words may be the response needed to address Putin’s growing power that continues to ignore the concerns of the Biden administration.