Throughout his first term, Trump has fought off accusations of purportedly pursuing a foreign policy favourable to Russia and allegedly colluding with Moscow, even after these claims were found to be unsubstantiated. POTUS, in turn, has insisted that he has been tougher on the Kremlin than his Democratic predecessor was.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has taken to Twitter to stress the Trump administration’s successes in being “tough on Russia” in an apparent attempt to dispel the longstanding notion that the current government has been too “soft” on the Kremlin.
In a series of tweets, Pompeo boasted that POTUS’ administration has imposed sanctions on over 365 Russian citizens and entities in response to the country’s alleged “destabilizing and aggressive actions” in Europe. He also recalled adding the Russian Imperial Movement to the list of terrorist organisations as a success of the administration, although the group’s publications and website have already long been marked as extremist in Russia itself and it is not clear what Washington achieved with the move.
At the same time, the secretary of state blasted the approach of the Obama administration, which, he argued, had coddled Moscow by gifting it “reset” buttons.
Pompeo apparently referred to the 2009 US policy that was symbolically set in motion by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gifting a button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to mark a reboot of bilateral ties. The…