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Should President Trump sanction Russia for meddling in our elections?

Despite overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and plans to interfere with the 2018 midterms, President Trump has not sanctioned Russia. Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions last month, but Trump's State Department argued new sanctions were not necessary and Trump himself has insisted the Russia story is nothing more than a witch hunt. What do you think? 🇷🇺

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Despite overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and plans to interfere with the 2018 midterms, President Trump has yet to sanction Russia. 

Last month, Congress voted overwhelmingly on a bill to impose new sanctions—with only two Senators and three congressmen voting against it—but Trump's State Department still insists new sanctions are not necessary because the legislation itself has deterred Russia from future meddling.

“We have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”
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Trump himself has insisted the Russia story is "the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history," so why would his administration validate the story with sanctions?

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But the intelligence community is united in its belief that Russia both meddled in 2016 and plans to do so again in 2018. Whatever "deterrent" the State Department believes will prevent Russia from interference clearly hasn't convinced the 17 intelligence agencies. 

“There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, said during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual worldwide-threats hearing on Tuesday.
“We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo said later. Other top intelligence officials, including the FBI Director Chris Wray, agreed.

Three senior Democratic senators—Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)—introduced a resolution pushing Trump to use his authority to strengthen sanctions against Russia as Congress supports. 

The administration’s decision last month to hold off on new penalties targeting the defense and intelligence sectors of President Vladimir Putin’s government infuriated Democrats, who pointed out that the bipartisan bill Congress approved with only five opposing votes last year had designed the sanctions as mandatory.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress continue to insist the Trump administration must start taking the Russia threat seriously or else they will continue to interfere in our elections without consequence.

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