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GOP Rep Says We Should’ve ‘Kicked the Russian Ambassador Out of the United States’ Over Hacking

While appearing on CNN’s New Day this morning, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) stated that he was fine with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position that there doesn’t need to be a select committee to investigate Russian hacking of the election.

However, he also highlighted that he would have liked to see a stronger response to Russia and Vladimir Putin than President Obama’s “cut it out.” Speaking to host Chris Cuomo, the former CIA officer explained how the United States should have reacted to Russia.

“Knowing the tactics they use to gather information is also important in trying to prevent certain outcomes from happening is important as well,” he noted. “And this is something that there has to be a clear response to this behavior so it doesn’t happen in the future.”

And what is that response?

“I’ve been calling for months at a minimum we should at least kicked the Russian ambassador out of the United States,” Hurd stated. “It’s not enough to tell someone to cut it out. There has to be a clear consequences to this kind of behavior.”

When asked by Cuomo if he thinks we’ll see this happen, the GOP rep said “we’ll see in the coming weeks.”

Hurd attempted to distance himself from President-elect Donald Trump during his own re-election campaign, specifically after Trump’s infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” hot mic moment. However, after Trump won the presidential election, Hurd has seemingly warmed up to him. Trump has expressed doubts that Russia had anything to do with hacking the election.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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