Last week, Congress reached an agreement on legislation to punish Russia for its meddling in the 2016 US election, and today, the Department of State tweeted out a spin statement on the sanctions bill that had the internet more or less baffled:
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 29, 2017
The tweet came with a press release which elaborated on the odd wording and removed all doubt that the Trump Administration is trying to spin what they see as “bad” legislation into something it is not:
“The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope that there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues and these sanctions will no longer be necessary.
We will work closely with our friends and Allies to ensure our messages to Russia, Iran, and North Korea are clearly understood.”
Apart from the 35 or so percent of stubborn Trumpists, the “strong will of the American people” is more likely that Russia be punished, and it seems highly unlikely that Putin and his cronies will do anything to “improve relations with the United States” when you consider the fact that they’ve recently demanded return of the diplomatic compounds that the Obama Administration seized as response to the Russian meddling in the election.
For an administration which has lambasted Obama for being “weak on Russia”, this sure seems the epitome of weakness.
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