A day of entwined strands of Russian-related machinations Thursday encapsulates why Trump seems fated never to emerge from the ever deepening, nearly operatic drama that grips the White House like a vice.
Trump has repeatedly sought to discredit Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, but the sanctions appeared to rely on the special counsel's legal conclusions in deciding who should be named.
Trump has faced fierce criticism in the United States for doing too little to punish Russia for the election meddling and other actions, and special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians, an allegation the president denies.
Trump has said he would view any investigation of his or his family's personal finances that didn't involve Russian Federation as a "violation" by Mueller that crosses a red line.
Trump's repeated failure to publicly rebuke Russian Federation for its behavior - even though other members of his administration do, has fueled debate about whether he really does have something to hide from Mueller.
The alleged breaches by Russian hackers were cited by the U.S. Treasury Department as one reason for imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia on March 15, 2018.
The move finally honored a congressional mandate to respond to the cyber interference. Rather, it has served as the political advocate for sections of the military-intelligence apparatus opposed to any abandonment of the strongly anti-Russian policy adopted under the Obama administration. "We're going to continue to fully cooperate out of respect for the special counsel", Sanders said. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin.
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He earlier said that "the flow of people is comparable to the day when the civilians started to leave [Eastern Ghouta]". The Reuters witness said some arrived at government positions in the nearby town of Beit Sawa on wheelchairs.
While there was a sense at the White House that there has been a hardening of Trump's view toward Russian Federation, at least for now, it was unclear whether this represented a long-term shift. He said it showed no "new work" on the part of the Trump administration.
On Thursday, Ryabkov claimed Russian Federation had never developed anything like the alleged nerve agent identified by the British. The joint statement says "there is no plausible alternative explanation" and "Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the government of the United Kingdom further underlines Russia's responsibility".
The new office will consolidate and strengthen efforts to "combat the growing nefarious cyber threats we face", Perry said, adding that his department worked closely with other federal agencies and energy providers to help ensure that hacking attempts "failed or were stopped".
Yet even in this moment of vigor, doubts still lingered about the President's own views.
A senior administration official told Reuters that Trump, who campaigned on warmer ties with Putin, has grown exasperated with Russian activity.
On Tuesday, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the president has signalled in recent days that a shake-up at the top levels of his administration was not over.
"It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it". "Something that should never, ever happen". It has treated the claims made by USA intelligence agencies and operatives as incontrovertible facts, magnifying the minuscule activities of a fly-by-night operation in St. Petersburg that placed content on social media into a full-scale war on "America democracy" and an attempt to "sow discord" in what supposedly was an otherwise satisfied and united U.S. society.