The president-elect has been consistently skeptical about the US intelligence consensus that Russia ordered cyber-attacks on Democratic party targets as a way to influence the 2016 election in his favor – the reason for Obama’s new sanctions. At one point, he suggested the culprit might have been China, another state or even a 400lb man in his bedroom.
On taking office in January, Trump might therefore be expected to simply end the Obama sanctions. And as president, he could do so; presidential orders can simply be repealed by the executive branch.
But the situation is not that simple. If Trump did choose to remove the sanctions, he would find himself at odds with his own party. Senior Republicans in Congress responded to the Obama sanctions by identifying Russia as a major geopolitical foe and criticizing the new measures only as a case of too little too late. Some promised a push for further measures in Congress.
Trump may therefore choose not to reverse the new sanctions. If so, he will find himself at odds with the man he so constantly praises.
If Putin did attempt to bring about the election of Donald Trump, why doesn't he make a grand statement boasting about his achievement of putting his man in the Oval Office?
What support can Russia give to Trump?
I'm still waiting for some brilliant leftist to explain exactly and I mean exactly how Putin manipulated the election.
Not a very good secret when the news reports on it. I'd mark that entire article as "fake" news.