In the hours before Donald Trump’s first first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin, a Republican senator begged the president to put the screws to the Kremlin leader for Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.
“I don’t think they change the behavior until they actually have experienced some sort of pain,” said Sen. James Lankford, a member of the intelligence committee. watch more..
“So my issue now is: what is the clear pain that Russia will experience based on their actions?”
Now we have the answer: None. Russia will experience no pain at all.
At the G20 summit in Hamburg, Trump and Putin agreed to drop the subject—despite warnings by Lankford and nearly every top Western intelligence and law enforcement official that if Russia wasn’t deterred, the Kremlin’s hackers would be messing with the next election, and the one after that.
James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired, warned the Senate last month that, the Russians are “going to come for whatever [U.S. political] party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back.”