Tom Cotton Contrasts Trump and Obama on Russia: ‘Those Are Myths’ that Trump Is Weaker
COTTON: "I want to respond more broadly to what I think are two myths that have been propagated here, mostly by my Democratic colleagues and by some of these witnesses. Those myths are that somehow President Trump is weaker on Russia than was President Obama. Second, that somehow NATO in deterrence is undermined by the United States rather than by Europe. So, first, let's review what happened in the first five months of this administration. President Trump has bombed the Khan Shaykhun military base in Syria, he has shot down Syrian planes, shot down Iranian drones. Thereby, Russia is unable to protect its two main clients in the Middle East. We are on the verge of deploying more troops to Afghanistan where Russia has been meddling with ever greater intensity in recent years. And we finally proposed a budget that increases our military spending, albeit not enough. It accelerates ballistic missile defense, and our domestic agencies are doing everything they can to promote more oil and gas production in the United States."