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Thursday, April 19, 2018

After Caving On Sanctions, Trump Says He’s ‘Tough’ On Russia

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Trump reiterated his claim on Wednesday that “there has been nobody tougher than me” on Russia, just days after he publicly undermined his own administration’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia.

Trump made the remarks at the end of a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday evening.

After walking away from the microphone, Trump returned to answer a question about whether he would go through with his administration’s plan to impose new sanctions on Russia as punishment for its role in supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

“We’ll do sanctions on Russia as soon as they very much deserve it,” Trump said, implying that providing assistance to a dictator who gasses his own people is not worthy of punishment.…

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CNN: White House Assured Russians Of No New Sanctions

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages.

The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare.…

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The Company Michael Cohen Kept

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

If you’ve seen video or images of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, they’ve probably been set in locations that exude power and importance: Cohen berating a CNN anchor in a TV studio, for example, or striding across the sleek marbled interior of Trump Tower, or more recently, smoking cigars in front of Cohen’s temporary residence, the Loews Regency Hotel on Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

But to understand how Michael Cohen arrived in those precincts, you need to venture across New York City’s East River. There, in a Queens warehouse district in the shadows of an elevated No.

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