White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders evaded reporters’ questions Tuesday about what the president is doing to address Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

A federal grand jury empaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities Friday, and it provided evidence that foreign nationals interfered in the 2016 election and boosted the candidacy of President Donald Trump.

Sanders said Tuesday that the president had repeatedly “acknowledged” the meddling took place but asserted that “it didn’t have an impact” and that the Trump campaign did not aid Russia in its covert operation.

But asked why the Trump administration has refused to impose the sanctions against Russia that Congress had passed, the press secretary answered indirectly: “Well, there’s a process that has to take place, and we’re going through that process.”

The Trump administration said in January that it would not immediately impose additional sanctions on Russia, even after Congress almost unanimously passed a measure last year designed to punish Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The administration insisted that the legislation was already working by “deterring Russian defense sales,” making additional action on Trump’s part unnecessary.

Critics have questioned the administration’s logic.

“The State Department claims that the mere threat of sanctions will deter Russia’s aggressive behavior. How do you deter an attack that happened two years ago, and another that’s already underway? It just doesn’t make sense,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Reuters in January.

Reporters on Tuesday also questioned why Trump has not directly called out Russian President Vladimir Putin, instead blaming former President Barack Obama for failing to prevent Moscow from interfering in the U.S. election.

Trump “has been tougher on Russia in the first year than Obama was in eight years combined,” Sanders said, adding that the president has done “a number of things … to be tough on Russia.”

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Trump, inexplicably, says he has 'been much tougher on Russia than Obama'

President Trump declared on Tuesday, without evidence or explanation, that he has been “much tougher on Russia” than President Obama.

It’s not clear which facts Trump is referring to. In December 2016, Obama issued unprecedented sanctions against Russia for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, ordering 35 Russian diplomats to leave the U.S., and the closure of two Russian compounds.

“Russia’s cyberactivities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government,” the Obama White House said in a statement. “These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Trump repeatedly rejected the assertions by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was behind the hacking. And the president has still has not put into effect new sanctions — passed by large majorities in Congress last year — that were designed to punish the Kremlin and deter it from interfering in the 2018 midterms. And in October, the Trump administration missed a deadline to publish a list of Russian entities and individuals in the military and intelligence sectors subject to sanctions.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump pointed to comments his predecessor made less than a month before the 2016 election: “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections,” Obama said in October 2017, responding to Trump’s repeated claims that the vote would be “rigged” in favor of the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time,” Obama added. “And so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.”

Trump tweeted the quote, which was featured on a “Fox and Friends” segment, and followed it up with some Trumpian punditry.

“That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat,’” the president wrote on Twitter. “When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.”

But those are two different things. Obama was disputing that election officials would tamper with the vote totals to favor Hillary Clinton — something that has not been shown, or even seriously alleged, to have occurred. The issue now is Russian meddling in last year’s election by way of social media and hacking, which the heads of all the major security agencies agree happened last year — and is continuing into the 2018 election cycle.

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office announced charges against 13 Russians and three Russian entities for allegedly carrying out an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 election.

On Monday, after a weekend filled with tweets about the Mueller indictments, Trump falsely suggested Obama didn’t “do something” about Russian meddling.

On Oct. 7, 2016, the Obama administration announced its belief that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee earlier that year. After the election, Obama ordered a review of the election hacking, which was followed by sanctions against Moscow.

But some Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have criticized Obama for not doing enough.

“I said all along that I thought the Obama administration should have done more,” Schiff told CNN on Sunday. “They were very wary of appearing to be putting their hand on the scale in the election.”

But Schiff added: “None of that is an excuse for this president to sit on his hands.”

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Hysteria: Is that Russia troll farm an act of war?

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According to the indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian trolls, operating out of St. Petersburg, took American identities on social media and became players in our 2016 election.

On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump, and almost never Hillary Clinton.

One imaginative Russian troll urged Trumpsters to dress up a female volunteer in an orange prison jump suit, put her in a cage on a flatbed truck, then append the slogan, “Lock Her Up!”

How grave a matter is this?

This Russian troll farm is “the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor,” says Cong. Jerrold Nadler, who would head up the House Judiciary Committee, handling any impeachment, if Democrats retake the House.

When MSNBC’s Chris Hayes pressed, Nadler doubled down: The Russians “are destroying our democratic process.” While the Russian trolling may not equal Pearl Harbor in its violence, said Nadler, in its “seriousness, it is very much on a par” with Japan’s surprise attack.

Trump’s reaction to the hysteria that broke out after the Russian indictments: “They are laughing their (expletives) off in Moscow.”

According to Sunday’s Washington Post, the troll story is old news in Russia, where reporters uncovered it last year and it was no big deal.

While Mueller’s indictments confirm that Russians meddled in the U.S. election, what explains the shock and the fear for “our democracy”?

Is the Great Republic about to fall because a bunch of trolls tweeted in our election? Is this generation ignorant of its own history?

Before and after World War II, we had Stalinists and Soviet spies at the highest levels of American culture and government.

The Hollywood Ten, who went to prison for contempt of Congress, were secret members of a Communist Party that, directed from Moscow, controlled the Progressive Party in Philadelphia in 1948 that nominated former Vice President Henry Wallace to run against Harry Truman.

Soviet spies infiltrated the U.S. atom bomb project and shortened the time Stalin needed to explode a Soviet bomb in 1949.

As for Russian trolling in our election, do we really have clean hands when it comes to meddling in elections and the internal politics of regimes we dislike?

Sen. John McCain and Victoria Nuland of State egged on the Maidan Square crowds in Kiev that overthrew the elected government of Ukraine. When the democratically elected regime of Mohammed Morsi was overthrown, the U.S. readily accepted the coup as a victory for our side and continued aid to Egypt as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members were imprisoned.

Are the CIA and National Endowment for Democracy under orders not to try to influence the outcome of elections in nations in whose ruling regimes we believe we have a stake?

“Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?” Laura Ingraham asked former CIA Director James Woolsey this weekend.

With a grin, Woolsey replied, “Oh, probably.”

“We don’t do that anymore though?” Ingraham interrupted. “We don’t mess around in other people’s elections, Jim?”

“Well,” Woolsey said with a smile. “Only for a very good cause.”

Indeed, what is the National Endowment for Democracy all about, if not aiding the pro-American side in foreign nations and their elections?

Did America have no active role in the “color-coded revolutions” that have changed regimes from Serbia to Ukraine to Georgia?

When Republicans discuss Iran on Capitol Hill, the phrase “regime change” is frequently heard. When the “Green Revolution” took to the streets of Tehran to protest massively the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, Republicans denounced President Obama for not intervening more energetically to alter the outcome.

When China, Russia and Egypt expel NGOs, are their suspicions that some have been seeded with U.S. agents merely marks of paranoia?

The U.S. role in the overthrow of Premier Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, and of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, and of President Ngo Dinh Diem in Saigon in 1963 are established facts.

When the democratically elected Marxist Salvador Allende was overthrown in Chile in 1973, and committed suicide with an AK-47 given to him by Fidel Castro, the Nixon White House may have had no direct role. But the White House welcomed the ascendancy of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

What do these indictments of Russians tell us? After 18 months, the James Comey-Robert Mueller FBI investigation into the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta emails has yet to produce evidence of collusion.

Yet we do have evidence that a senior British spy and Trump hater, Christopher Steele, paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to dig up dirt on Trump, colluded with Kremlin agents to produce a dossier of scurrilous and unsubstantiated charges, to destroy the candidacy of Donald Trump. And the FBI used this disinformation to get FISA Court warrants to surveil and wiretap the Trump campaign.

Why is this conspiracy and collusion with Russians less worthy of Mueller’s attention than a troll farm in St. Petersburg?

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Terror in Russia: Muslim shouting Allahu Akbar shoots Christians in church, kills 5 Women

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CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting at a Christian church in southern Russia, which claimed the lives of five people, shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

A Muslim bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Islamic Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon.

The assailant, who was identified as 22-year-old local resident Khalil Khalilov by the city administration, went right up to the victims before gunning them down. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

Khalilov reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he targeted a group of worshippers leaving a church ceremony dedicated to the start of Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians, father Pavel, the church’s senior priest, told Russian news portal RBC.

Four people, all of them women, died at the scene and another woman died during surgery later. Five people, including two security guards, fatally shot the assailant as he attempted to flee after the churchgoers barricaded inside.

The attack drew condemnation from both the Russian Orthodox Patriarch and Dagestan’s Muslim religious authorities.

And all of this while Russian authorities jail Russian people for being nationalists and posting memes on social media! As we said in our previous article about Russia… Russia is just another liberal shithole country, its not the country the US Democrats think it is.

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Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., expressed astonishment that President Trump would use the tragedy they experienced last week to push back on the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Late Saturday night from his nearby Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump accused the FBI of spending too much time on potential collusion between Moscow and his own presidential campaign. Trump suggested that if the bureau hadn’t been so focused on his campaign that it may have been able to stop the gunman from killing 17 people last week.

Aly Sheehy, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was immediately outraged when she saw the president shift the conversation toward U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

“When it popped up on my timeline, it was something I read and was immediately mad about. It’s not the first time that he has tweeted something out so close to an incident that rocked the nation really that was about him,” she told Yahoo News on Sunday.

“Reading the tweet saying that it was because the FBI was too focused on his problem, that they should’ve been focused on other things. I don’t know why he called attention to that,” she continued.

A day after the shooting, rather than focusing on guns, Trump urged people to remain vigilant and report troubling behavior to the authorities. But classmates and neighbors had reported Nikolas Cruz to the FBI and local authorities. The FBI admitted on Friday that it had failed to properly investigate the matter.

The Russia probe is being led by Mueller, who was not involved in responding to tips about Cruz.

Giuliana Matamoros, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was livid when she saw this tweet from the commander in chief, especially so soon after the shooting.

“When I first saw Trump’s tweet I was furious. I can’t believe that it’s only been four days since the shooting and he has already made it about himself. I thought, ‘He obviously doesn’t care about us’ because he doesn’t,” Matamoros told Yahoo News. “He decided to make the cause of the death of 17 of my peers into something about him. I just really wonder if he ever thought for one second we don’t care about what he has to say. We only care about his actions on making this never happen again.”

Other members of the Stoneman Douglas community were similarly upset with Trump’s response.

Many Stoneman Douglas students are demanding that Congress and the president take action to confront gun violence.

Matamoros said she is grateful for the support and love that her community has received but urges any citizens who don’t believe in gun control to think twice about what they experienced last week.

Slideshow: Florida school shooting prompts gun-control rallies >>>

“I would like the American people to know that I’m thankful for your support. Those who believe gun control should not be put in place should rethink it,” Matamoros said. “Put yourself in our shoes, it’ll show you the traumatic event we went through and it will show you that we are Marjory Stoneman Douglas strong and we will not stop until there is change.”

Both girls are proud of how their community has responded to the tragedy — by making their voices heard and demanding change.

“I think it’s important that it’s broadcast to as many people as possible,” Sheehy said.

“Our voices need to be heard by everyone,” Matamoros said.

Sheehy was particularly moved by the speech her childhood friend Emma Gonzalez delivered at the Not One More rally outside the federal courthouse in nearby Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday.

“My classmates have already done so much. I’m so proud of them. There’s no word to describe how proud I am of them,” she said. “The speech that Emma Gonzalez gave. I’ve known her since kindergarten. Just listening to what she said, I don’t have words to describe how that made me feel.”

Matamoros could not make the event because she was at a wake for one of the victims. But she heard Gonzalez’s passionate speech after the fact: “It was amazing. I’m glad she’s part of our family.”

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Iraq’s Defense Ministry Receives 36 T-90S Tanks From Russia

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MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Iraq’s Defense Ministry has received the first batch of 36 T-90S tanks under an arms contract with Russia, Shafaq News reported on Monday, citing Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, Lieutenant-General Othman Al-Ghanmi.

Al-Ghanmi, who paid an inspection visit to Basra, confirmed that the 36 Russian-made tanks had been delivered to Iraq. The rest 37 such tanks under the contract would reach Iraq by late April.

Earlier, Arab media cited a source in the Iraqi defense ministry as saying that the T-90S tanks had been delivered to the port city of Umm Qasr on February 15 to be later transported by Baghdad.

The T-90S is an export modification of the T-90 tank. It has powerful armaments, a modern fire control system, reliable armor and high maneuverability. It operates day and night in various climatic conditions and is designed to fight tanks, self-propelled guns and other armored objects.

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Russia is just another liberal shithole: Student jailed 2 and a half years for posting memes on Social Media

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So you thought Putin was the savior and hero of the white race and all of that? You thought wrong! A student in Russia has been jailed 2 and a half years for basically NOTHING. The man is innocent yet the Russian justice system under “fuhrer” Putin has arrested him for posting memes on Russian social media giant VK.com

America isn’t that nationalist either, and nor is Europe but at least in America no one has ever been arrested for posting a meme. You hear that? NEVER EVER? Yes in some EU states such as Germany which is a communist shithole led by master Stasi leader Merkel, they do arrest people for just about anything, including sneezing in front of a holy angelic brown man.

From RT:

The sentencing of a Russian student to 30 months in a penal colony, purportedly for reposting four pictures as part of his dissertation research, has caused outrage. But the case is not as straightforward as it first seems.

“Keeping up an appearance of fighting extremism,” shouted the headline in popular tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets, which was contacted by the family of 23-year-old Aleksandr Kruze earlier this month, following his sentencing in December for inciting hatred, and using social media to encourage acts of terrorism.

The prosecution centered on a handful of images uploaded to the leading Russian social media network VKontakte. One of the images shows Russian and Ukrainian soldiers underneath a crossed-out Star of David with the slogan “Let’s end this fratricidal war, and turn it into a war of liberation.” Another showed a struck out hammer and sickle with the warning “Instead of leaves, Communists will hang from trees.” The two others had excerpts from a nationalist speech against illegal migration and predicting a “bloody” uprising against the government.

The convicted student explained that the memes were – and continue to be – widely available on social networks, and said that he reposted them to elicit a response from VK users, whose opinions would be cited in Kruze’s fifth-year university dissertation, titled “Counteracting contemporary terrorism.” Kruze, a resident of Stary Oskol, in southern Russia, also said that he was prepared to take his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which has often ruled in favor of Russian citizens and against the country’s domestic judiciary.

As you can see here, the Jew is untouchable, even in countries that fought in favor of them and to protect them.

You cannot criticize these people anywhere in the world or you may land in jail and when you dare to point out who is in control of our world and media you are called names.

So is it a conspiracy to point out that these people live in another realm and that they are immune? Only in America people can criticize them due to the US Constitution granting this right but these same people are at it trying to destroy the constitution in America as well, already working at deconstructing it.

Too bad we couldn’t find those God damn memes anywhere for which Aleksandr was arrested because we would have included them in the article so that the world could see for what this man was jailed for. In fact if we had the memes it would have been awesome if we could flood their VK.com, the court which sentenced Aleksandr and Putin with those same memes, over and over again. They can’t do anything to citizens of other countries. So you could have done this in protest of this injustice and to support Aleksandr and his right to free speech. What a damn joke of country Russia is.







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EU needs ‘steel tanks, not think tanks’ to counter ISIS & Russia – Polish PM

“We should have more traditional types of military forces, more cooperating with each other, so Poland supports… more steel tanks and not only think tanks,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

He went on to single out Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Russia as two threats facing Europe. “We have more think tanks in Europe, but maybe we have too little of those traditional forces which are very important vis-à-vis some hybrid-type warfare like ISIS, or traditional and hybrid [threats] like Russia.”

“Chair forces or Power Point rangers” are not enough to build common European defense policy, he said, adding that the EU’s conventional forces should be complemented with cyber-warfare and consistent military expenditures.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was one of the keynote speakers in Munich, slammed the “irrational myth about the almighty Russian threat” that has captured the minds of European policymakers.

Russian involvement, Lavrov said, is being looked for everywhere, be it Brexit referendum or the 2017 Catalan independence vote. “This is profoundly wrong, and it speaks of the lack of common sense and understanding of our country.”

Speaking in Munich, Morawiecki added that NATO members in Europe should do their utmost to meet the two-percent defense spending target, “so that we do not have those free riders who live under Pax Americana but pretend to be sufficient in the context of security.”

The prime minister, who started his career at Deutsche Bundesbank back in the 1990s, chose not to specify who the “free riders” are, but in an earlier interview with Die Welt, he implied that Germany benefits from NATO but is reluctant to share the defense expenditure, and is “a free rider which threatens the unity of the West.”

The Polish government, led by the right-wing nationalist PiS party, has long sparred with Berlin and Brussels over a range of issues, including the EU’s refugee resettlement quotas and Poland’s controversial judicial reforms. Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Morawiecki to Germany, hoping that his visit would help the two countries mend ties.

However, ahead of the visit, Morawiecki said the row is far from over, adding that Warsaw disapproves of plans for the NordStream 2 Russia-Germany gas pipeline that would run through the Baltic Sea and bypass Poland.

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Pakistan’s reliance on US military imports is over with 70% now coming from China and Russia

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Because of their often problematic relations, it is natural for India and Pakistan to seek divergent allies. In the Cold War era, their choices were apparent and easy. Pakistan joined two regional defense pacts patronized by the United States to contain communism.

India followed a non-aligned policy to begin with, but signed a Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union in 1971. Indo-US relations witnessed a brief period of warmth after the Sino-Indian War of 1962, but Jawaharlal Nehru’s India did not want to be tagged to any superpower.

International relations are often dictated by the cold logic of national interests and the balance of power. While Pakistan opted for allies in the West, India chose the Soviet Union to balance the power of China . All that started changing after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the rise of India as a regional power.

In 2008, India and the United States finalized a civil nuclear cooperation deal and the superpower has since worked assiduously to get India coveted membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). This move has been successfully countered by China thus far on the basis that Pakistan has identical credentials and should be similarly treated by the NSG.

The year 2014 was seminal, as it was when these evolving equations came to assume definitive shapes. It was in this year that the US replaced Russia as India’s top arms supplier.

The same year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu visited Pakistan and signed a defense cooperation deal. This was the first such visit from Moscow to Islamabad in 45 years. Both nations held military exercises in 2016 and 2017, while Russia is currently building a 1,100 kilometer-long gas pipeline between Karachi and Lahore.

Pakistan’s relationship with China is flourishing but Islamabad does not want to keep all its eggs in Beijing’s basket, while Sino-Indian competition is likely to evolve into rivalry in the not too distant future.

Some 63 percent of the total military hardware imported by Pakistan today comes from China and only 19 percent from the US .

China has also helped Pakistan in the field of nuclear energy and was the first country to agree to co-produce advanced military aircraft and other weapons systems with Pakistan. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the flagship project of China’s major investments in many countries under its One Belt One Road Initiative.

Tensions in the South China Sea have increased CPEC’s importance for the Chinese and this $50 billion-plus investment in Pakistan stands out, as US annual assistance has shrunk to a couple of billion dollars. US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to suspend military assistance to Pakistan has, therefore, not created too many ripples in Islamabad

This tough stance by the US due to the precarious security situation in Afghanistan may push Pakistan further toward China and Russia. All recent US presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, were India-friendly, but they made it a point not to push Pakistan too hard.

That sanguine policy has unfortunately been abandoned by Trump. The Pakistani leadership does not want to keep all its eggs in the Chinese basket, but the US administration has failed to read that nuance of Pakistani thinking.

There can be no lasting peace in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s co-operation; therefore any further deterioration of Pak-US ties will impact negatively on regional peace. Both Russia and China realize India’s importance and want to keep it in good humor as much as possible.

The Kremlin played a key role in facilitating India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Similarly, China , India’s major trading partner, did not block a resolution in a BRICS meeting that condemned proscribed extremist groups in Pakistan. Beijing does not want to push India further under America’s wing.

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China and Russia ‘preparing for war with West’

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