Trump, McCain vow to ‘stand up’ to Russia

President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain are taking aim at Russia in their joint statement.

Trump says he will “stand up” to Moscow in response to the U.S. sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

The statement also calls on the Russian government to stop supporting terrorist groups in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.

The president says the sanctions have hurt Russia economically and have hurt U.N. diplomats.

The sanctions were imposed in response, the statement says, to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Trump said in the statement that “our military capabilities and capabilities are far more formidable than any nation’s that have ever invaded us.”

The president’s top national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Tuesday that the sanctions were intended to put pressure on Russia.