William Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies, addresses the OMB’s recent directive to federal agencies, which gave more information on President Trump’s executive order to cut personnel, and how these efforts to “drain the swamp” will likely prove counterproductive to the work of the administration.
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Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.