Mike Huckabee said President Trump doesn't get enough credit for his tough stance toward Russia.

The State Department announced Wednesday it will impose new sanctions on Russia for allegedly using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

The sanctions -- which will take effect on or around August 22 -- will include the presumed denial of export licenses for Russia to purchase many items with national security implications, according to a senior State Department official.

The move comes as many of Trump's critics accuse him of being too soft of Russia, particularly following his recent summit with President Vladimir Putin.

"I wish the president got more credit for what he has done to punish Russia because he's certainly been virtually brutal to them and anything but a puppet of them," Huckabee said on "Outnumbered" on Thursday.

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He said Trump's tough actions are having an impact on Russia, whose economy is already "in the toilet."

"They're in trouble, and this doesn't help them," Huckabee said. "I think it's a very, very important move that this administration has made."

Katie Pavlich noted that Democrats are suddenly concerned about Russia now that Trump is commander-in-chief.

She said this is not only an example of Trump standing up to Russia, but standing alongside our NATO allies like Britain, France and Germany.

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