While Democrats continue their hysteria over Donald Trump’s “collusion” with Russia, important pieces of the puzzle continue to go unmentioned. If Trump really did collude with Russia to “steal” the election, why has he continued to defy them? If the Kremlin was hoping to get a Russian puppet out of the 2016 election, they must be very disappointed.After all, if some grand bargain was made between Russia and the Trump campaign, surely that would show up in Trump’s actions as president. However, the exact opposite has happened since Trump took office.
In Syria, Trump has launched multiple strikes against the Russian-backed Assad regime, including a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian air base. In fact, Trump’s approach to the war in Syria has done nothing but draw the ire of Russia.Moreover, it’s not just Trump’s approach to Syria that has Russia on edge. For instance, take the U.S. sanctions placed on Russia after their annexation of Crimea. Many in the media speculated that one of the first things Trump would do as president was ease or lift those sanctions on Russia.
Lifting sanctions on Russia would make sense if Trump really did collude to win the election. But four months into his term, the sanctions are still in place. Not only that, the administration has actually hinted it may move to strengthen sanctions on Russia this summer, exactly the opposite of what the liberal media was expecting.
From the Hill:“[The White House] is not lowering our sanctions on Russia. If anything, we are probably looking to get tougher on Russia.,” National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said, according to ABC News.
Additionally, the Senate is open to cooperating on getting the sanctions done:
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Thursday said his panel might impose tougher sanctions against Russia as soon as this summer, depending on whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can show improved U.S.-Russia ties over Syria.“I’ve committed to mark up Russia sanctions legislation in the event, the probable event, that the secretary of State cannot show us that there’s a change of trajectory,” he said.
Thursday’s remarks are a shift for Corker, who had previously advised against new Russia penalties.
The news of potentially tightening sanctions comes on the heels of Trump’s talk to NATO leaders. In that speech, Trump singled out Russia as a threat to European security.Not only has there been zero evidence to support the claim of collusion, Trump’s actions as president have provided evidence of the exact opposite. At every turn, Trump has done nothing to indicate he has been compromised by Russia.
Of course, to the tin foil hat-wearing liberal, all of this is a cover up. Liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]