Categories for Russia

27,333. 8/12/2019

RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 12, 2019 4:26 pm

27,150. 8/2/2019

NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Friday [8-2-19], as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile developed specifically to challenge Moscow in Europe, according to a senior US defense official. The US withdrawal puts an end to a landmark arms control pact that has limited the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers and is sparking fears of a new arms race…The new US missile test, which CNN reported Thursday [8-1-19], is expected to take place in the next few weeks and will essentially be the Trump administration’s answer to Russia’s years-long non-compliance with the INF treaty, the senior US defense official said. A senior administration official told reporters that the US will be testing the cruise missiles that were forbidden by the INF treaty because ‘Russia cannot maintain military advantage,’ but claimed that it will take years for the US to deploy those weapons.”

Veronica Stracqualursi, Nicole Gaouette, Barbara Starr and Kylie Atwood, “US formally withdraws from nuclear treaty with Russia and prepares to test new missile,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 2, 2019 1:10 pm 

 

27,144. 8/2/2019

INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under pressure to confront Russia, President Donald Trump’s administration placed more sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy living in Britain. It’s the second round of sanctions over the 2018 attempt to kill former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the British town of Salisbury. Citing authority under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, the new sanctions announced late Thursday prohibit a number of loans from American banks to Russia’s government, ‘except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.’ Trump has said he wants better relations with Russia. Some lawmakers, however, believe he has been over indulgent with the country, especially in light of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

David Jackson, “Donald Trump sanctions Russia over nerve agent attack on former spy in Britain,” USA Today, August 2, 2019 10:07 am

27,126. 8/1/2019

RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its use of chemical weapons in the 2018 attack on the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, according to two U.S. officials. The Trump administration imposed a round of sanctions last year, as required by a 1991 law. The same law requires the president to impose a second round of sanctions if he cannot determine that the state in question has stopped using chemical weapons — and U.S. intelligence agencies were unable to make that determination with regard to Russia, which continues to deny responsibility for the attack on the Skripals. But the president, who has been loath to antagonize Russian President Vladimir Putin, dragged his feet on imposing the second round of sanctions. En route to a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday [8-1-19], he continued to minimize the threat of Russian interference in U.S. elections.”

Eliana Johnson, “Trump to sanction Russia over chemical weapons use,” Politico, August 1, 2019 9:17 pm

27,091. 7/31/2019

NATURAL DISASTERS/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has offered help to Russia in combating wildfires raging in Siberia, the Russian Embassy said on Wednesday [7-31-19]. During a phone call between the two leaders, Trump offered American assistance to tame the fires that have engulfed 6.7 million acres of the Siberian woods. The Russian Embassy cited a Kremlin statement that said President Vladimir Putin appreciated the gesture and would take Trump up on the offer if needed. For now, Putin told Trump that Russian military aircraft were deployed to control the situation. The two leaders agreed to keep in contact about the situation by phone and personal meetings, a Kremlin statement said. The White House confirmed Wednesday that the two leaders had a phone conversation about the wildfires and about trade between the countries. Putin and Trump have maintained a close relationship over the years, much to the consternation of American intelligence during the Trump presidency. Trump’s past comments on combating forest fires at home have also raised eyebrows, garnering criticisms of insensitivity after the president lambasted California’s Democratic leadership for its handling of fires that engulfed the state last fall.”

Matthew Choi, “Russian Embassy: Trump offers Putin help in fighting Siberian wildfires,” Politico, July 31, 2019 10:36 pm

27,046. 7/30/2019

ELECTION/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @senatemajldr: I spoke on the Senate floor today about my extensive record of standing up to Russia, election security, and why we won’t…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 30, 2019 11:26 am

26,980. 7/27/2019

DEMS/MEDIA/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats are still doing the Russians dirty work as they continue to push the fake crime. Media credibility is now shot, Democrat credibility is shot, they’ve wasted over 100 hearings on a Hoax, they’ve done nothing on Infrastructure, drug prices, trade…[email protected]

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 27, 2019 11:02 pm

26,926. 7/25/2019

CYBERWAR/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday [7-25-19] released a wide-ranging report that detailed Russia’s attempts to hack US election infrastructure during the 2016 election, urging states and the federal government to do more to prevent election cyberattacks in the future. The report included a host of recommendations to both the federal and state governments, including the use of paper ballots to provide a paper trail for votes and better communication between state governments and the Department of Homeland Security. Thursday’s release comes as Senate Democrats continue to slam their Republican colleagues and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for preventing a vote on several pieces of election security legislation. Republicans in the Senate have twice in 24 hours blocked the advancement of bills aimed at strengthening election security just hours after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned of the continued threat that foreign powers interfering in US elections.”

Jeremy Herb, Zachary Cohen and Kevin Collier, “Senate report warns of ongoing election threat as Republicans block security bills,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 7:15 pm

26,899. 7/25/2019

RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A mystery was afoot in conservative Washington circles this week after an apparent mix-up made for an unexpected jab at President Trump. Let us set the scene. The venue: a Washington hotel where Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization, was hosting a conference for high school students, where Mr. Trump spoke on Tuesday [7-23-19]. The décor: a presidential seal on the onstage screen, a fitting background for a speech by the president of the United States. The problem: The presidential seal was not, in fact, the presidential seal at all, as The Washington Post reported. Instead of the customary bald eagle, the altered image showed a double-headed eagle, similar to that featured in Russia’s national emblem. Instead of arrows, the eagle clutched a set of golf clubs in a talon. It appeared as the president emerged onstage. The fake seal’s appearance at the event seemed to catch everyone off guard. A White House spokesman told The New York Times that officials did not review the image before it appeared. Turning Point USA initially said it had no idea how it ended up there.”

Sarah Mervosh and Niraj Chokshi, “How a Fake Presidential Seal Ended Up Onstage With Trump,” The New York Times online, July 25, 2019

26,868. 7/24/2019

ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMattGaetz: Gaetz: ‘Can you state with confidence the Steele dossier was not part of Russia’s disinformation campaign?” Mueller: ‘Wi…” 

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 24, 2019 12:24 pm

26,557. 7/13/2019

HILLARY CLINTON/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: @TomFitton: Why Didn’t Mueller Investigate Clinton Campaign Getting Anti-Trump Dirt from Russians? https://t.co/bHMktH5F…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 7:12 am

26,550. 7/13/2019

ELECTION/RUSSIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @senatemajldr: It’s a fact: The Trump administration, hand-in-hand with the Senate has punched back hard at Russian election interferenc…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:48 am

26,330. 7/6/2019

JOE BIDEN/OBAMA/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SteveScalise: Joe Biden claims Russian election interference wouldn’t have happened on his watch or Obama’s watch. Seriously, Joe?? I…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 6, 2019 5:59 pm

26,329. 7/6/2019

DEMS/JOE BIDEN/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SteveScalise: Did Joe Biden forget about Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offering a ‘reset’ with Russia, undermining our nat…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 6, 2019 5:59 pm

26,130. 6/28/2019

2016 ELECTION/DEMS/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former President Jimmy Carter suggested Friday [6-28-19] that a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would show that Donald Trump didn’t win the presidency. ‘There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election. And I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf,’ Carter said at the Carter Center’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia…Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found that Russia waged a ‘sweeping and systematic’ influence campaign during the 2016 election with the goal of electing Trump, but did not establish a conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Trump was asked to react to Carter during a Saturday news conference in Osaka, Japan.”

Veronica Stracqualursi, “Jimmy Carter suggests Trump is an illegitimate president,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 28, 2019 1:09 pm

26,129. 6/28/2019

ELECTION/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At their first meeting since Robert Mueller’s Russia probe wrapped up, President Donald Trump playfully warned Russia President Vladimir Putin ‘don’t meddle in the election.’ The seemingly off-the-cuff remark is likely to stoke agitation back in Washington, where Democrats and Republicans have blasted Trump for not taking seriously the special counsel’s report into Russia’s ‘sweeping and systematic’ campaign to disrupt the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. Trump spoke to reporters briefly before he and Putin were scheduled to talk for an hour to discuss a series of national security issues, including Iran’s recent aggression, the civil war in Syria, where the United States and Russia are backing opposing sides, and a new arms control treaty with China. When Trump did not bring up to reporters whether he would mention election interference, a reporter asked him if he would talk to Putin about it…Before he left Washington, Trump declined to tell reporters at the White House what, if anything, he would say to Putin about election interference. Putin denies any Russian role in the election, and Trump has previously sparked controversy by appearing to accept the Russian president’s word on the issue.”

Anita Kumar, “Trump jokes to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’,” Politico, June 28, 2019 12:20 am

26,118. 6/28/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “They were having a good time. Like old friends reuniting, they warmly shook hands, smiled and chatted amiably. And then President Trump brushed off Russia’s interference in American democracy with a joke as President Vladimir V. Putin chuckled. The first encounter between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin since the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reported that Russia conducted a ‘sweeping and systematic’ operation to sway the 2016 election proved more convivial than confrontational. Rather than challenge Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump treated it as a laughing matter. In the process, he triggered a fresh furor over his accommodating approach to Russia and brought back old questions that have haunted him since he took office. Angry at perceived challenges to his legitimacy, he has long dismissed or at most grudgingly accepted the conclusions of American intelligence agencies that Russia sought to help his campaign.”

Peter Baker and Michael Crowley, “Trump and Putin Share Joke About Election Meddling, Sparking New Furor,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,064. 6/26/2019

ELECTION/RUSSIA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump today suggested tech giants like Google and Twitter are the greatest threat to the integrity of the 2020 presidential election — and said anti-conservative bias among the companies had a greater impact in 2016 than Russian meddling…Charging Google with being ‘totally biased’ in favor of Democrats and fomenting ‘hatred for the Republicans,’ Trump downplayed Russia’s 2016 social media manipulation: ‘You know, they talk about Russia because they had some bloggers—and by the way, those bloggers, some of them were going both ways. They were for Clinton and for Trump.’ Lawmakers, academics and U.S. intelligence officials are in broad agreement that Russia mounted a vast online disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 election with the aim of inflaming American political and social tensions, supporting Trump’s candidacy and depressing Democratic voter turnout. Trump’s comments reiterated claims that he and other prominent Republicans have made alleging that tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are biased against conservatives and deliberately stifle their accounts and content. The companies flatly deny these allegations.”

Kyle Daly, “Trump: Tech companies, not Russia, trying to ‘rig the election’,” Politico, June 26, 2019 12:00 pm

25,997. 6/25/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/JAPAN/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The next Trump-Putin meeting in Osaka, Japan is only days away, but the White House is maintaining radio silence about what it hopes to achieve there. Meanwhile, three senior voices with experience of dealing with Russia, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and, reportedly, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, are all on their way out. These developments are not linked, but they tell us a lot about how Russia policy actually works in the Trump administration. The conventional wisdom has long held that Trump’s bizarre brand of Russian policy (which he invariably describes as ‘getting along with Russia’) doesn’t matter all that much because the rest of the U.S. government is taking a tougher line on the Kremlin’s misbehavior. When it comes to sanctions, military cooperation with Ukraine, or cyber operations against Russian critical infrastructure, this argument goes, largely sensible day-to-day decisions are being made.”

Andrew Weiss, “Trump’s Confused Russia Policy Is a Boon for Putin,” Politico, June 25, 2019 

25,889. 6/20/2019

RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Declaring himself the victim of ‘an absurd political kidnapping,’ an American detained in Russia since December on espionage charges used a brief court appearance on Thursday [6-20-19] to appeal to President Trump to ‘keep American great’ by taking robust action to get him released. ‘Mr. President, we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect and defend American citizens wherever they are in the world,’ the man, Paul N. Whelan, shouted to reporters from inside a glass cage at the Moscow City Court. He denounced the opaque legal process that has ensnared him as ‘the Moscow goat rodeo.’ Mr. Whelan, 49, a Trump supporter who is a citizen of the United States, Britain, Canada and Ireland, has repeatedly denied being a spy and again declared his innocence in court on Thursday. He had asked to be released from pretrial detention in a grim Moscow prison and placed under house arrest instead; the judge rejected the request.”

Andrew Higgins, “Paul Whelan, Held in Russia for Spying, Pleads for Help from Trump,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,875. 6/19/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Felix Sater, the Russian-born business associate of President Donald Trump who worked on the Moscow Trump Tower project, told CNN Wednesday [6-19-19] he will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday [6-21-19]. Sater’s testimony, which will be behind closed doors, is a sign that the House Intelligence Committee is ramping back up its investigation into the President’s finances and potential foreign influence. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff confirmed that Sater was coming for a staff-led interview, and said Sater was one of several witnesses the committee would bring in connected to the Trump Tower Moscow project…Sater had been scheduled to appear publicly before the committee in March, but Schiff postponed that hearing after special counsel Robert Mueller finished his report. The House Judiciary Committee also postponed a closed-door interview with Sater that has not been rescheduled. Schiff said at the time that Democrats had to focus on obtaining the full Mueller report and evidence, but now the California Democrat and other committee leaders investigating the President have turned back to their own probes.”

Jeremy Herb and Cristina Alesci, “Trump associate who worked on Moscow Trump Tower project to testify before House Intelligence Committee,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 19, 2019 6:37 pm

25,824. 6/17/2019

MEDIA/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The story in the @nytimes about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is Fake News, and the Failing New York Times knows it. They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony. Times must be held fully accountable!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 17, 2019 9:13 pm

25,789. 6/15/2019

CYBERWAR/MEDIA/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 8:15 pm

25,707. 6/13/2019

FBI/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump unloaded a baffling cargo of words Wednesday [6-12-19] after George Stephanopoulos asked him whether his son Donald Jr. should have contacted the FBI in June 2016 when a gang of Russians offered him ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton. Not necessarily, Trump implied in his first answer. Asked about his own FBI director’s assertion that of course a campaign should contact the FBI, Trump went full-tilt adamant…The exchange detonated on cable news and Twitter like the mother of all truth bombs. Trump kept hedging and twisting around—implying you might both take the dirt and call the FBI—flummoxing normally voluble critics like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. ‘I’ve run out of adjectives,’ he said. ‘Unfit to be President’ is a gross understatement,’ tweeted former CIA Director John Brennan in equal exasperation. The leading Democratic candidates for president—Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and even the undercard candidates—torched him as a danger to the electoral process. What was he thinking? Was he thinking? In a normal politician, the moment might have been what used to be politely called a ‘gaffe,’ and more accurately called a career-ending self-own.”

Jack Shafer, “Trump’s Mother of All Truth Bombs,” Politico, June 13, 2019

25,700. 6/13/2019

DEMS/FBI/INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For President Trump, the special counsel report was supposed to put Russia in his rearview mirror. But with some off-the-cuff remarks in the Oval Office, he has thrust his relationship with Moscow back into the debate over the future of his presidency. Mr. Trump’s defiant declaration that ‘I’d take it’ if Russia again offered campaign help and his assertion that he would not necessarily tell the F.B.I. about it drew bipartisan condemnation on Thursday [6-13-19], fueling calls for legislation requiring candidates to report such offers to the authorities and emboldening Democrats seeking his impeachment. The furor shifted the discussion in Washington away from obstruction of justice and back to the original issue that had dogged Mr. Trump since his election in 2016. Although the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, found no illegal conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia, the president’s comments renewed questions about his willingness to profit from the aid of a hostile foreign power.”

Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos, “Trump Is Assailed for Saying He Would Take Campaign Help From Russia,” The New York Times online, June 13, 2019