Update: Trump Refuses to Apply Mandated Sanctions on Russia

March 4, 2018

As I’ve pointed out many times, the Trump/Russia story is not separate from climate story.
I’m pressing my House Rep to respond, following President Trump’s refusal to apply congressionally mandated new sanctions on Russia.
This billboard is going up on a well travelled local artery Monday morning.

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New York Times:

As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.

As a result, not one of the 23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center — which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign — speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Russian efforts.

The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions. More broadly, the funding lag reflects a deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in his department’s ability to execute its historically wide-ranging mission and spend its money wisely.

Mr. Tillerson has voiced skepticism that the United States is even capable of doing anything to counter the Russian threat.

“If it’s their intention to interfere, they’re going to find ways to do that,” Mr. Tillerson said in an interview last month with Fox News. “And we can take steps we can take, but this is something that once they decide they are going to do it, it’s very difficult to pre-empt it.”

 

 

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3 Responses to “Update: Trump Refuses to Apply Mandated Sanctions on Russia”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Sure. Putin also wants climate change to happen ASAP. Not only does he believe it would be great to get a bit more heat, it also would harm his opponents. Plus he could much easier reach more of his fossil fuel reserves (he thinks). I wonder whether it was one of his trolls nominating Tramp…

    => Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination being investigated for fraud

  2. Keith McClary Says:

    It might help if the Americans promised to stop interfering in other countries’ elections (not to mention promoting violent coups) although I doubt anyone would believe such a promise.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Ryan Zinke has been in control of the U.S. Department of the Interior for only one year, but has inflicted staggering damage in that time — dismantling the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, moving to repeal critical climate protections regulating methane emissions, auctioning off nearly all of America’s coastlines to fossil fuel companies for oil and gas drilling, and reopening loopholes to benefit the coal industry.

    Send your message here => http://on.nrdc.org/2FFTSY5

    (Natural Resources Defense Council)


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