For all the talk in the mainstream media about Trump’s collusion with the Russian government, the 45th President of the United States sure isn’t cutting them any slack. On Friday, the Trump administration levied a new series of sanctions at Russia’s richest and most powerful men. This latest round of financial penalties is meant to punish Vladimir Putin’s inner circle for their interference in the 2016 election.
The stiff sanctions are designed to penalize some of Russia’s richest industrialists, who are seen in the West as enriching themselves from Putin’s increasingly totalitarian government.
Here’s the scoop from the New York Times:
They grow out of an oddly disjointed policy toward Russia on the part of the Trump administration: While President Trump continues to call for good relations with Mr. Putin, Congress and much of the rest of the administration are pushing through increasingly punitive efforts that are sinking relations with Moscow to lows not seen in years.
“The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities.”
Among those sanctioned are Oleg V. Deripaska, an oligarch who once had close ties to Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Also sanctioned was Suleiman Kerimov — a financier close to Mr. Putin; Vladimir Bogdanov, a top executive of Surgutneftegaz, a Russian oil company; Igor Rotenberg, another oil executive; Kirill Shamalov, an energy executive who married Mr. Putin’s daughter, Katerina Tikhonova; Andrei Skoch, a deputy of the Russian Federation’s State Duma; and Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of the Renova Group, a Russian investment firm.
The sanctions have been under consideration for some time and were not imposed solely because of the recent poisoning in England but rather “in response to the totality of the Russian government’s ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern of malign activity around the world,” a senior administration official said in a conference call with reporters, adding: “But most importantly this is in response to Russia’s continuing attack to subvert Western democracies.”
So the next time a liberal tries to tell you that Trump’s in cahoots with the Russians, make sure you inform them of these simple facts. The Trump administration is aware that the Russian government is working hard to subvert our democracy and they’ve taken steps to punish those involved.
What do you think “Crooked Hillary” would have done?
I’ll tell you what she would have done: turned her head and looked the other way, or found a way to make a few bucks off of the situation with the Clinton Foundation…
But do you think sanctions will
be enough to stop Putin?