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April 16, 2018

IT’S COLLUSION, I TELL YOU: Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria.

The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday to punish it for enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in its civil war, the latest in a series of actions by both sides underscoring the deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West.

The sanctions, coming shortly after American-led airstrikes against facilities linked to Syria’s chemical weapons, are meant to signal that the United States holds responsible not just the government of President Bashar al-Assad but also his patrons in Russia and Iran. President Trump has vowed that Syria’s allies will pay a “big price” for facilitating the suspected use of poison gas.

At this point, the strongest argument that could be offered by anyone still holding on to the “Russia! Russia! Russia!” narrative is that Trump wasn’t an honest enough politician to stay bought — and that’s pretty weak tea.