Former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump of never criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
“Make a list of all the public figures in this country and around the world the current president has criticized,” Comey tweeted. Ask yourself: ‘Why is Putin missing from the list?'”
“No responsible American should ever stop asking, ‘Why,'” he continued.
Thought experiment: Make a list of all the public figures in this country and around the world the current president has criticized.
Ask yourself: “Why is Putin missing from the list?”
No responsible American should ever stop asking, “Why?”
— James Comey (@Comey) July 23, 2018
But is Comey’s post factual? We have listed below some of the public statements and actions taken by the Trump administration against the Russians over the last two years.
- In April, Trump imposed new sanctions on Russia, including sanctioning 17 Russian officials for their role in meddling in our elections.
- Trump ordered the closure of Russian diplomatic offices in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and New York, because he felt they may be a threat to national security.
- The Trump administration shut down the Russian consulate offices in Seattle.
- Trump expelled 60 Russian diplomats from the US after Russia was suspected of carrying out a nerve agent attack in the UK.
- During a 2017 speech in Poland, Trump publicly accused Russia of holding Eastern European countries hostage with unfair oil trade.
- Upon taking office, Trump upheld strict Russian sanctions for their role in attacking the Ukraine. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated sanctions would not be lifted until Putin abides by the obligations of the 2015 Minsk agreement, which called for a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine.
- In 2017, Congress passed a bill adding more energy based sanctions on Russia. While the bill verbiage prevented anyone from undoing the sanctions, including the president, Trump did not have to sign it, but he did.