The Associated Press admitted this week that Democrats jumped the gun in accusing President Donald Trump of easing sanctions on Russia. Politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (along with a wave of hysterical media headlines) said that the Trump administration had lifted sanctions placed on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. The implication, of course, is that all the rumors about Trump being a Russian agent were true. Now we were going to start seeing the fruit of that traitorous relationship.
But, as the AP reports, this was nothing more that the left’s own set of “alternative facts.”
From the report:
Democrats didn’t wait to assemble the facts before they accused President Donald Trump of rewarding “thugs” in the Russian intelligence service by lifting certain sanctions. The facts don’t support them.
The Trump administration on Thursday revised sanctions on the Russian intelligence service, FSB, to correct an unintended consequence of broader penalties placed on Russia by President Barack Obama. That prompted a hair-trigger response from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, and others.
Last week, Pelosi jumped on the initial stories about the sanctions to once again climb up on her high horse.
“Less than two weeks after walking into the White House, President Trump lifts sanctions on the Russian Security Service,” she said. “Vladimir Putin’s thugs meddle with an American election, and President Trump gives them a thank you present.”
But as the AP – along with John McCain and even some former members of the Obama administration – explains, Trump’s actions amounted to little more than a technical correction to the terms of the sanctions. He didn’t lift them. He didn’t even ease them. He made a small adjustment so that American companies could continue to sell electronics to Russia. If Hillary Clinton had been elected, she would have almost certainly done the same.
But hey, we’re not here to dissuade Pelosi. In fact, we wholeheartedly encourage the Democrats to keep jumping the gun every time they get the opportunity, because they are quickly turning their entire party into a joke.