John Hudak, senior fellow and deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings, says President Trump “choked” in his public comments on the violence in Charlottesville. Hudak adds that if the president pardons former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as has been rumored, he will “be complicit in stomping on the rule of law.”
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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.