U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the President’s statement that he holds “both countries responsible” for the deteriorated relationship between the United States and Russia. 

“This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.”