During an appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News last weekend, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told host Maria Bartiromo that the US should impose new sanctions on Russia before starting an invasion of Ukraine not after.
In saying that the sanctions should not come “after wars,” Barrasso said that the current tense situation in Ukraine must be “put into perspective.”
Barrasso compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to the “big, bad wolf,” saying that he is “huffing and puffing” about his ability to invade neighboring Ukraine if he chooses to do so effectively. His example demonstrates that Putin is not accountable to anyone and sees Joe Biden as “weak and ineffective.”
He said that the sanctions he would immediately support would be both military and economical and would be severe enough to let Putin see what “pain he will suffer” if he goes through with an invasion.
Barrasso said that financial sanctions should interfere with Russia’s ability to conduct business worldwide in US dollars. He added that America’s “biggest sledgehammer” is energy and leverage over the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline project designed to directly carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. Barrasso said that the pipeline has unfortunately become America’s weakest position because Biden approved of the pipeline last year.
He said that Biden’s policies that have destroyed America’s energy independence have resulted in a “jackpot” for Putin, who now has an energy “cash cow” to pay for his aggressive actions in Europe.
Barrasso also said that the US should ensure that Ukraine has “all the weapons” needed to defend itself from Russian aggression.
Barrasso told Bartiromo that he is expecting two Senate committees to be provided on Wednesday this week with a classified briefing about the disastrous withdrawal of US military forces from Afghanistan last August. He said that every Republican Senator on the Foreign Policy Committee and the Armed Services Committee had signed a letter demanding the briefings are declassified. The information about the withdrawal is made available to the American public.