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Trump White House Made Secret Efforts to Remove Russia Sanctions

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President Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly to try and lift economic sanctions on Russia and other punishments former President Barack Obama had put in place as soon as it took office in January, according to multiple sources who have spoken with Yahoo News. “There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” according to Dan Fried, who retired in February as Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department. Fried told veteran investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, a former national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek alumnus, that in the early weeks of the administration he got several “panicky” calls from U.S. officials. They asked: “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?” The sanctions in question included those imposed by Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and others inflicted late last year to punish Moscow for its suspected efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The plans Trump’s administration considered early on included returning diplomatic compounds seized from Russia in late 2016—recent reports say Trump is currently working to put this plan into action.
This is probably one of the reasons why Jared Kushner sought to setup a secure back-channel with Moscow using secure rooms and communications at the Russian embassy in Washington. Trump and his team didn't want anyone in government, the FBI/NSA, or Congress to know about the dirty deal until it was a fait-accompli. Trump was quite prepared to remove all US sanctions on Russia without any obvious quid-pro-quo from Moscow -- the US sanctions would be removed and the Kremlin could continue to occupy Crimea and wage its war of aggression in eastern Ukraine. Or, it could very well be that this was Trumps planned reward to Moscow for Russian election meddling and disinformation. The Trump administration is secretly maneuvering even today to return two Russian compounds in the US that were sanctioned by former president Obama as a punishment for Russia's election meddling. Once again, a freebie reward for Putin with absolutely nothing of substance in return.

Related: Trump administration moves to return Russian compounds in Maryland and New York

What is Trump’s possible justification for this gift to Putin?
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Of course they did. Putins cock holster still has to pay off the debt he owes for Russian help in stealing an election. Trump better be careful I hear people who betray Putin seem to wind b up dead.
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