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Trump Finally Mulling Sanctions Against Russia After Election Interference

Russian President Vladimir Putin

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump, facing mounting criticism for his failure to repudiate the Kremlin for interfering the 2016 presidential, is now considering new sanctions against Russia.

Three senior administration officials told Reuters that imposing sanctions is a slow legal process and not an indication that the president is unwilling to act against Russia. 

“The process on sanctions is long; it’s arduous; it’s not pretty, but when the evidence is there and we’re ready, we go ahead with the sanctions,” one official said.

They didn’t provide details of the plans.

A bi-partisan bill in Congress last summer was overwhelmingly approved to impose sanctions against Russia after Republicans and Democrats accused the president of being soft on the Kremlin.

Trump officials fired back Wednesday, saying sanctions were imposed in July against two Russian entities accused in an indictment of interfering in the election.

Trump’s Claims That He’s Been Tougher on Russia Than Obama Is Baseless

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s accusations that Democrats and former President Obama are to blame for Russia’s meddling relies on a faulty comparison and fails to take into account his own inaction amid bi-partisan calls from Congress to impose sanctions against the Kremlin, according to several fact checks by media outlets

Trump also claimed on Twitter that “I have been much tougher on Russia the Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!” He suggested in another tweet that then Justice Department should investigate “crimes” committed by Democrats and Obama for failing to stop Russian interference.

What Trump fails to mention is his persistent claims that Russia’s involvement in the election was “a hoax” perpetuated by the “fake news.”

While it’s true that Obama didn’t act aggressively enough against the Russians, his administration announced a plan to deter Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and imposed sanctions on the Kremlin after the incursion.

Trump has failed to act on a sanctions bill passed almost unanimously by Congress after Republicans and Democrats accused the president of being soft on Russia.

Even as allegations mounted that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Trump often complimented Putin during the campaign, calling him a “genius.” 

FBI Investigating Michael Flynn Over Meeting with Russian Ambassador

National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and his inner circle have repeatedly denied that his team had contact with Russian officials immediately after the presidential election.

Turns out, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn communicated with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. in the month before Trump was sworn in as president.

The FBI is investigating whether Flynn, a retired general, played a role in U.S. foreign policy by communicating with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, the Washington Examiner reports.

Flynn may have violated law if he undermined President Obama’s actions by promising a different outcome for the Russians.

Democrats were incensed.

“If this new report is true, we need to ask not only whether General Flynn should be leading our national security efforts, but whether he should even hold a security clearance,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.