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VIDEO: Lankford Doesn’t Trust Putin As Much As Trump, Wants Better Cyber Response

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., says he doesn't trust Russian President Vladimir Putin as much as President-elect Donald Trump.

Oklahoma's junior Republican Senator told CNN's Erin Burnett on the program OutFront Monday night Putin and Russia have tried to undercut democracies throughout Europe and Asia.

"That is not someone that we should have as a long-term ally,” Lankford said. “Now, there will be areas that we will cooperate together, whether it be in trade and other areas, like we do in multiple other countries, but that is not someone that acts in a human rights way that we should continue to partner up with.”

Lankford serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and said he feels President Obama's sanctions against Russia over allegations they interfered with the U.S. election came too late.

He also said one of the main concerns of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees is the lack of a clear cyber response strategy.

"If someone reaches in and attacks our infrastructure, attacks any part of our government, that we have a way that we know we're going to respond,” Lankford said. “It's kind of an ad hoc go-along and try to figure it out as we go.”

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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