MSNBC: ‘You’re Not Going to See That Again’ From The Trump Presidency
MSNBC’s Joy Reid reported Tuesday that “the Trump administration is now asking Congress to impose new sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.”
The sanctions, the Associated Press reported, include “direct measures on Russian entities and officials” and “an export ban that could put up to $1 billion of Russian equipment and services at risk.”
The move comes a day after the State Department accused Moscow of interfering in the U.N. vote on the Paris climate deal, a move that Trump had vowed to roll back during the campaign.
“We are going to put Russia on notice that we are going after them for a lot of things, and I’m going to have a lot more sanctions on them,” Trump said on the campaign trail.
But on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters the administration would not “take any action against Russia that will make them less secure.”
“We have no reason to think that that’s going to happen,” he said.
“And frankly, it’s not happening.”
In other words, it won’t take Trump’s promise to “take Russia on the spot” to put the sanctions on.
The sanctions against Russia are the first in the Trump administration’s list of sanctions aimed at Russia.
They are also the first time the White House has said it would impose a blanket embargo on the country.
“These are sanctions that will have an impact on the Russian economy, and the Russians will be hurt,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Tuesday.
“I’m not going to tell you that this is going to be good for Russia.
It will be bad for Russia, it will be devastating for Russia.””
They’ve tried to take away a lot, but I think they’ve done a really good job, and we’ll see what happens.”
Trump, Hayden added, has “failed to recognize” the power of the U