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Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, talks with David Friedman, center, nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel, accompanied by former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Capitol Hill in Washington, during Friedman's confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lieberman introduced Friedman to the committee. The debate among American Jews over President Donald Trump has become as raucous as the first weeks of the Trump administration itself, hardening divisions between liberal and conservative Jews that have been growing for years. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, talks with David Friedman, center, nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel, accompanied by former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Capitol Hill in Washington, during Friedman's confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lieberman introduced Friedman to the committee. The debate among American Jews over President Donald Trump has become as raucous as the first weeks of the Trump administration itself, hardening divisions between liberal and conservative Jews that have been growing for years. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Senator John McCain, left, smiles as he get a t-shirt by Ukrainian journalist and politician Svitlana Zalishchuk on the last day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

    U.S. Senator John McCain, left, smiles as he get a t-shirt by Ukrainian journalist and politician Svitlana Zalishchuk on the last day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Republican senator says President Donald Trump needs to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told the Munich Security Conference he would introduce a bipartisan motion for new Russia sanctions and it will get "north of 75 votes."

He said Sunday that "my goal is to put it on Trump's desk and I hope he'll embrace the idea that as the leader of the free world he should be working with us to punish Russia."

Graham says his "biggest concern with President Trump... is that he's never really looked the camera in the eye and said ... they're going to pay a price on my watch for trying to interfere in our election."