Trump orders expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats.
President Donald Trump is ordering the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle in the wake of the UK nerve agent attack, the White House announced Monday.
The President is taking the action in response to the poisonings of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, the administration announced. Ref. CNN.
White House imposes new sanctions on 38 individuals and companies close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sanctions were in response to the Kremlin’s “malign activities,” according to senior administration officials, who singled out such acts as the annexation of Crimea, the supplying of weapons to the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad and the meddling in the 2016 U.S. Elections as well as money laundering. Ref. USAToday.
Russian WARSHIPS on way to Syria as part of MILITARY buildup amid World War 3 fears. Source 4r
Why Russia did not respond to the US strikes on Syria. Despite its hostile rhetoric, Russia has taken care to avoid confrontation on the ground in Syria. Source 7c.
Trump says he misspoke and offers support for US intelligence agencies
President Donald Trump voiced support Tuesday for US intelligence agencies, a day after he refused to accept their findings on Russia's election meddling over the denials of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he vowed to take action to prevent further interference.
Trump said that when he returned from the summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, he "Realized there is some need for clarification" about his remarks on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't,'" Trump said.
Democrats quickly rejected the President's comments.
"If the President can’t say directly to President Putin that he is wrong and we are right and our intelligence agencies are right, it’s ineffective, and worse, another sign of weakness," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Ref. CNN.
Something so important and he misspoke? Sometimes I wonder if politicians and I mean all, not just Trump, thinks that when they speak to us they believe they are speaking to unintelligent morons who do not know better.
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