TULSA - He allowed Edward Snowden to seek asylum, has sided with Iran and Syria against US interests, bullies former Soviet satellite states, has moved troops into Georgia, has cut off fuel and heating supplies to Armenia and the Baltic states.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) says Russian President Vladimir Putin has an agenda to rebuild the former Soviet Union and block US interests in Europe and the Middle East, and the Obama administration's response so far has been weak.
"We have a president who has determined to bring down by one-third our strategic nuclear deterrent. We have a president that has determined that it's appropriate to forego a missile defense system in eastern Europe," Bridenstine told KRMG.
"Vladimir Putin has invaded Georgia, he occupies major portions of Georgia, he's moving the borders in Georgia. He's got 10,000 troops in Armenia. He's canceled energy contracts with Azerbaijan."
He continued, "he's threatened nuclear war in eastern Europe. Vladimir Putin has cut off energy in the dead of winter to the Baltic States and Ukraine, and people have died...he's trying to reconstitute a union under a name other than 'Soviet.' And our president, the American president, is not doing what's required to hold this man in check."
Russia's also intervening against US interests in the Middle East, Bridenstine told KRMG.
"Putin is backing the Assad regime in Syria. He's enabling the mullahs in Iran to get around the sanctions. And how does the president respond to all of this? He says we're going to bring down by one third our strategic nuclear deterrent. This is not how you deal with a man like Vladimir Putin."
"We're not strong in the world right now. Our enemies know that if they're hostile to us -- we'll just put it this way. If you're nicer to your enemies than you are to your friends, you shouldn't be surprised when you have more enemies than friends. And that's the position this president has put us in."