President Trump’s outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the U.S. has “failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia, which has increased the Kremlin’s “confidence.”
“We have failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia, McMaster said at an Atlantic Council event with Baltic leaders on Tuesday.
“The Kremlin’s confidence is growing,” he continued. “Russia has used old and new forms of aggression to undermine our open societies.”
The Hill added:
The president on Tuesday said during a press conference that he has been tougher on Russia than any of his predecessors, despite facing frequent criticism over his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Ideally we want to get along with Russia. Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t,” Trump said. “Probably no one has been tougher to Russia than Donald Trump.”