Trump White House Continues to Let Putin & Russia Off the Hook
President Trump might (wrongly) think that the Russia investigation is a hoax, but there is one thing he cannot deny: Russia is coming for the 2018 elections. In fact, CIA Director Pompeo said again last week that he has ‘every expectation’ that Russia will interfere in the midterm elections.
So … what is the Trump Administration doing about it?
Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “Russia is already trying to meddle in this year’s midterm congressional elections … and I don’t know that I would say we are better prepared” to address the threat.
This week, before the House Finance Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to answer questions about what the Administration is doing to enforce bipartisan passed sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. He also declined to answer questions raised about President Trump’s finances and their connection to Russian oligarchs and mobsters.
Repeatedly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has testified that we’re not doing enough, and in fact, ‘the matter is so complex that for most of us, we are not able to fully grasp the technical dangers that are out there.’
President Trump refuses to impose sanctions on Russia, denies U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, rejects any mention of the threat Russia poses to the U.S. in his presidential daily intelligence briefing, believes Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intel agencies, and hands over highly classified intel to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The list goes on.
It’s either sheer incompetency or a blatant refusal on the part of President Trump and his Administration to take on Vladimir Putin. Clearly, it’s both.