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GOP Senator John Kennedy on Russia Trip: I Told Them to ‘Stop Screwing with American Elections’

During an appearance on CNN today, GOP Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana attacked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as a “bully” and a “smart-ass,” while also demanding the Kremlin “stop screwing with American elections.”

“I went for two reasons,” Kennedy said of his recent trip to Russia. “Number one, to deliver a message. I delivered that to the foreign minister, to the speaker of the house, and to a number of their senators.”

He continued by elaborating on his reasons for the visit:

“This is what I said Number one, stop screwing with American elections. Number two, get out of eastern Ukraine and let them self-determine. Number three, get out of Crimea and let Crimea self-determine. Number four, stop screwing around in Syria and help us settle the mess. And number five, do not allow Iran to get a foothold in southern Syria. Because if you do that, there’s going to be another war. Israel is not going to stand for

Kennedy went on to say that the meeting with the Russian foreign minister was “probably the toughest” part of his trip.

“We exchanged words — he’s a bully,” the Republican lawmaker said. “He impressed me as the sort of guy who started out in the world as a smart-ass and worked his way up. And it was a pretty tough meeting. But I think our message was delivered.”

Kennedy added that he and his colleagues informed the Russian that if they “screw with the elections this fall,” then “the Congress is going to double down on sanctions.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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