President Barack Obama is facing criticism from all sides for his administration's "inadequate" and "weak" sanctions against Russia.
Republicans and Democrats alike are blasting the president just weeks before he leaves office over a series of sanctions ordered Thursday in response to Russia's alleged meddling in U.S. elections.
From the right, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, skewered the president's response, telling Fox News:
These sanctions are pitifully inadequate. We have frozen the assets of named individuals and organizations in the United States. How many Russian intelligence officials do you think have assets in the United States to begin with? And they won't be able to shop on Fifth Avenue. That's really going to break their hearts.
From the left, Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky called the newly announced measures "weak" and "disgraceful."
"I don't even call them sanctions. I don't know what this is," Roginsky said, adding that Obama should "go after [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and his inner circle economically."
Really, President Obama? Kicking out a few Russian intelligence agents? How about exposing and freezing Putin and inner circle assets. #weak— Julie Roginsky (@Julie Roginsky)1483039216.0
Roginsky said it doesn't matter that the administration ejected 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the U.S. because "they'll send new ones in."
(H/T: Right Scoop)