- Early 2017 efforts to rescind the Obama administration’s sanctions over election interference.
- Trump’s profound reluctance to criticize Putin, responding to Bill O’Reilly’s criticisms of Putin with, “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
- Trump’s Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, in which he told them that he had fired FBI Director James B. Comey for being “a real nut job” and that “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
- Trump’s decision to congratulate Putin on his reelection despite written guidance not to do so.
- Trump’s casual invitation to Putin to come visit him in Washington.
- The approval of lethal arms sales to Ukraine.
- The 2017 order for Russia to shutter its San Francisco consulate.
- The National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy prioritizing the threat from Russia.
- The expansion of economic sanctions against Russian allies of Putin.
- The bolstering of the European Deterrence Initiative.
- The 2018 expulsion of 60 more Russian diplomats.
In his last public remarks as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster offered harsh words for Russia Tuesday during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.
“We have failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia, McMaster said at the event, which also included a Q&A with the Presidents of Estonia and Latvia, as well as the Foreign Minister of Lithuania.
He added that the failure to impose adequate costs on Russia’s activities meant that “the Kremlin’s confidence is growing.”
“Russia has used old and new forms of aggression to undermine our open societies,” McMaster said.