April 8 - U.S. Secretary of State comes under heavy scrutiny by lawmakers over the Ukraine crisis and U.S. foreign policy with Russia. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The heat is on Secretary of State John Kerry as he faces senators like James Risch sharply, critical of how the Administration is handling the situation in Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN SENATOR JAMES E. RISCH OF IDAHO SAYING: "You know, this administration said they were going to hit the reset button, and I can't help think that somebody hit the wrong button, because things have not gone well during this administration." Senator John McCain also sounded off. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA SAYING: "On the issue of Ukraine. My hero, Teddy Roosevelt used to say talk softly, but carry a big stick. What you're doing, is talking strongly, and carrying a very small stick. In fact, a twig." But Kerry is defending the choice to use diplomacy first. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF JOHN KERRY SAYING: "But your friend Teddy Roosevelt also said that the credit belongs to the people who are in the arena who are trying to get things done, and we're trying to get things done. That's a Teddy Roosevelt maxim, and I abide by it. I think it's important to do this. Sure, we may fail. You want to dump it on me. I may fail. I don't care. It's worth doing. It's worth the effort. And the United States has a responsibility to lead. Not always to find the pessimism and negativity that is so easily prevalent in the world today." Concern is growing that Moscow could be preparing for further military action in Ukraine. Earlier, Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine.