Trump Speaks Out Against Russia; More Must Be Done

Sheri Evans
March 20, 2018

"The West's response to Russian aggression has usually been too little, too late, and devoid of the one voice that really matters - President Trump's".

But at last, his administration is taking action, and Trump has spoken out, tentatively.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Friday characterized President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's sanctions toward Russia as "neither bold nor swift" in response to earlier remarks from former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: Behar's comments about Pence's faith "despicable" Report: Turnover rate in Trump White House highest in decades White House still doesn't have Spanish-language website year into admin MORE on the network.

"The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in USA elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement, noting that the targeted sanctions are "a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia".

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In a press release accompanying the new sanctions, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin indicated that Treasury intends to issue additional sanctions targeting Russian government officials and Russian oligarchs to hold them "accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the USA financial system". "The president, so far, has not taken those steps".

However, the board said more needed to be done. He has continued to vent to friends and advisers about the investigation and has privately questioned whether Russian Federation was behind the election meddling. The sanctions were levied in response to what national security officials called a concerted hacking operation aimed at critical American infrastructure, including what a senior official called "an attempt by the Russian government to get into our energy grid". "Something that should never, ever happen, and we are taking it very seriously, as I think are many others". She insisted the United States stands in "absolute solidarity" with Britain after the attack. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, whom Trump reportedly may fire, condemned Russian Federation in a speech Thursday for being "complicit in Assad's atrocities" in Syria and conducting more than 100 bombing missions in Eastern Ghouta, as well as being "responsible" for the Skripal poisoning.

The US also joined Britain, Germany and France in demanding that Russia explain a military-grade nerve toxin attack in England on a former Russian double agent, with Trump saying: "It certainly looks like the Russians were behind" the incident. "We are going to continue actions to increase pressure on Russian Federation", the statement said.

He won't stop until he knows that the United States will stand up to him and work with its allies to impose stronger financial and diplomatic measures to rein him in.

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