Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, a top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Sunday called on the United States to “start thinking about hitting back” at Russia as President Joe Biden prepares for a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I think sanctions are great but I think it’s time to start thinking about hitting back,” McCaul told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.
Speaking of Biden’s decision to meet with Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, McCaul called it the “most dangerous” meeting of Biden’s first presidential trip overseas, saying, “I think the price for admission to the ticket for this seat was way too high.”
The president’s high-stakes summit with Putin comes amid rising tensions and a string of cyberattacks on the U.S. emanating from Russian soil. The two will meet face-to-face in two sessions and Biden will not hold a joint press conference with Putin afterward, according to the White House.
The summit is part of Biden’s presidential debut on the world stage — he met with close allies at the Group of Seven summit, which is wrapping up in Cornwall — and marks a departure from the Trump administration’s “America First” approach to foreign policy.
The members of the G-7 championed multilateralism while meeting in Cornwall. The leaders of the seven countries declared a shared commitment to a global vaccination campaign and pledged cooperation on topics from girls’ education to climate change.
Biden is next scheduled to attend a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday.
ABC News’ Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.
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