“We need an honest reset in terms of relationships between the United States and Russia,” Durbin told CNN on Wednesday.
“We can’t be buddies with Vladimir Putin and have him at the same time making this kind of cyberattack on America. This is virtually a declaration of war by Russia on the United States, and we should take it that seriously,” the minority whip added.
Durbin’s comments come after President Trump’s former Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that the vastness of the intrusion was “hard to overstate.”
“The Russians have had access to a considerable number of important and sensitive networks for six to nine months,” Bossert wrote.
On Thursday, Durbin vowed during a speech in the Senate that “there will be a price to pay for this,” according to the Daily Mail.
“This is nothing short of a virtual invasion by the Russians into critical accounts of the federal government,” he said. “When adversaries such as Russia torment us, tempt us, breach the security of our nation, we need to respond in kind.”