President Donald Trump has been frequently accused of Russian collusion since the day he was elected President in 2016. Nevertheless, he will be imposing sanctions on Russian individuals and organizations after it was revealed that certain Russians did spread propaganda over social media to manipulate American voters.
According to the New York Times, the sanctions were imposed upon three Russian organizations and 13 individuals that were named by FBI special investigator Robert Mueller in his indictment. The sanctions were also levied on two different organizations and six other individuals in response to other cyberattacks, including an alleged attempt to breach the U.S. energy grid.
“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyberactivity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press release. “These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”
The Russians are laughing off the sanctions as little more than political football.
“This is purely tied to the internal American infighting,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said to the Interfax news agency. “This is also tied to our elections calendar.”
Trump also commented on the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy who defected. This attack has been widely attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin although they continue to deny any wrongdoing. Trump came out and implicated Russia as the culprit in a recent statement.
“We are in deep discussions,” Trump said about the poisoning. “A very sad situation. It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it. Something that should never, ever happen. And we’re taking it very seriously, as I think are many others.”
Despite what is said by the mainstream media and his political opposition, Trump is showing that he can get tough on the Russians when necessary.
Originally Published at Populist Brief.