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Rep. Rogers: Putin ‘Goes to Bed at Night Thinking of Peter the Great,’ ‘Wakes Up Thinking of Stalin’

Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said that the United States needs to offer military aid to Ukraine in conjunction with sanctions on Russia.

He told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that doing so would send a message to Russian president Vladimir Putin: “Mr. Putin we’re done with you expanding into other countries. He goes to bed at night thinking of Peter the Great, he wakes up thinking of Stalin. We need to understand who he is and what he wants.”

“We need to be a little bit tougher with Putin,” he added, “or he is going to continue to take the territory.”

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