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While Trump makes peace with Kim, his Treasury secretary slaps Russia with yet more sanctions

The US Treasury Department introduced new sanctions targeting Russian entities and individuals just one day before the Singapore summit

Ricky Twisdale

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While Donald Trump was off in Singapore trying to avert a third world war, his Treasury secretary was busy at home, trying to start one.

Steven Mnuchin used the U.S. president’s absence from Washington for a historic peace summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as an opportunity to jack up sanctions against the Russian Federation.

The excuse? A supposed Russian cyber attack on the US – over one year ago – and a now totally discredited claim that Russia tried to hack the US electric grid.

Treasury doesn’t get the most creative minds, apparently.

The new sanctions target five Russian “entities” and three individuals alleged to provide services to Russian hackers.

Secretary Mnuchin said on the new sanctions:

The entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia’s cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB and therefore jeopardize the safety and security of the United States and our allies…

The United States is committed to aggressively targeting any entity or individual working at the direction of the FSB whose work threatens the United States and will continue to utilize our sanctions authorities, including those provided under CAATSA, to counter the constantly evolving threats emanating from Russia.

You can read the US Treasury Department’s press release on the sanctions here.

The response from Russia, so far, has been mooted. Thankfully, Putin is more interested in dialogue.

This latest act of escalation by the Trump administration serves as a timely reminder that much of his cabinet and many of his advisers remain proven globalists and neo-conservatives.

While Donald Trump himself may be struggling for peace and fair trade, many in the financial-military-security deep state surrounding him remain committed to sabotaging his efforts.

It does not bode well for upcoming extended negotiations with North Korea on denuclearization, to be led by Trump’s truculent new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

Of course, it was Pompeo’s groundwork in meeting twice with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, that led up to the Singapore peace summit. So maybe the formerly hawkish congressman is on board with his president’s agenda.

The next weeks should be revealing.

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So boring. What would Washington DC do without the Russian blame game, devoid of all evidence?

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Maybe Munchkin is trying to persuade Mr Putin to use the powers recently granted to him by the Duma to impose counter-sanctions.

Then Munchkin could complain that Russia was acting aggressively…

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Here is an article that looks at the most recent efforts by the U.S.-based Deep State to control the anti-Russia narrative:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/06/disinfo-portal-or-how-atlantic-council.html

There is already a war….for our minds.

AM Hants
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How is Russia Gate coming along?

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-12/mueller-scrambles-limit-evidence-after-indicted-russians-actually-show-court

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Just being Russian is enough for sanctions with our criminal blackmail Yanks… Pathetic!

Cheryl Brandon
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ED: MEMBERS OF WALL STREET’s SECRET SOCIETY who run the MURDER Projects for oil trheft in Syria/Iraq and Yemen Wilbur Ross: Grand Swipe – American Investor estimated by Forbes in 2011 to be worth $1.9 billion Alexandra Lebenthal: Grand Swipe from 2003 – 2004 – President and CEO of the municipal bond franchise Lebenthal & Company Peter Kellogg: Grand Swipe from 1999-200: Businessman and philanthropist with a net worth estimated by Forbes at around $2.3 billion Michael R. Bloomberg: Former Mayor of New York City and business magnate worth who is the 13th richest man in the world with a… Read more »

Nikos Yiasou
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It’s interesting to read the Wikipedia entry for Steven Mnuchkin. His great grandfather Aaron Mnuchkin was a Russian born diamond dealer.

Julie . C W B.
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Every day US sanctions become less effective as other countries turn their backs on trump & the $US. Trade will happen, just without the US (as happened with the Trans Pacific trade partnership). The days of the US being the Global leader are drawing to a close. The US lost all credibility when it pulled out of the Paris Climate agreement.

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Mnuchin – Khazar fake jew, hater of Christians.
How quickly he forgets how he felt when the other Nazis (the German ones) did the same thing to his tribe.
It goes with the territory. Too bad Trump seems not to get it.

Napoleon XIV
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Russia needs rather someone as Chrutsjov, who dares hammering with his shoe on a conference table

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Having initially snubbed Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order to release the original 302 report from the Michael Flynn interrogation in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally produced the heavily redacted document, just hours before sentencing is due to be handed down.

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