"I have long argued Vladimir Putin is not – and has never been – America’s friend," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Those Republican voices were joined by Democrats, who also argued that the White House has only done the bare minimum when it comes to Russia.
"Trump may regard Mueller’s investigation as a hoax, but these sanctions show his own Treasury Department disagrees," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), referring to the Special Counsel's probe, part of which is looking into any links between Russia and the Trump Campaign in 2016.
"With the midterm elections fast approaching, the Administration needs to step it up, now, if we have any hope of deterring Russian meddling in 2018," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), making the case for more economic penalties on Moscow.
The announcement of the new sanctions by the Treasury Department also came as the United States joined with British officials to condemn the attack on an ex-Russian spy with the use of nerve agent.
In the Oval Office, President Trump made his first public comment tying that attack to Moscow.
In other Russia-related stories, the Associated Press reported that a Russian government hacking operation had been targeting smaller U.S. companies in a variety of areas by using spear-phishing attacks, going after businesses in the water, aviation, construction, manufacturing and nuclear sectors.
And finally, the White House had no comment on reports that Special Counsel Mueller had sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization about Russia, a move that President Trump had once indicated would cross a 'red line.'
"The President believes very strongly there was no collusion," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "For questions about the Trump Organization, I would refer you to them."