Trump: "I Haven't Eased Anything On Russia"

Tyler Durden's picture

The White House has backtracked on a report it is rolling back sanctions on Russia's Federal Security Service, the successor agency to the KGB,  after the Treasury Department announced an amendment to put measures in place by former President Obama in response to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The FSB was one of several entities sanctioned by Obama in December related to Russian hacking of Democratic political organizations and operatives. The FSB must also approve certain technology imports to Russia per domestic law.

“We’re not easing sanctions,” press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, arguing that it’s “common for Treasury after sanctions are put in place to go back and look at specific carve-outs for different industries or products and services. “It is a regular course of action that Treasury does often when sanctions are imposed.”

Trump himself was quoted moments ago as saying "I haven't eased anything on Russia."

As reported previously, the Treasury Department earlier in the day amended Obama’s additional Russian sanctions to allow United States technology companies to export products to Russia. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) clarified that American tech companies can seek licenses from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to export their goods to Russia, so long as the products aren’t used in Crimea or violate pre-existing sanctions.

The move was widely interpreted as President Trump relaxing sanctions on Russia. But foreign policy experts cited by The Hill insisted that the OFAC’s amendment was likely meant to clean up unintended consequences on American tech companies.

“This isn't Trump weakening sanctions,” said Eric Lorber, sanctions consultant at Financial Integrity Network, on Twitter. “Unintended consequences popped up, OFAC dealt with them.”

Having popped in earlier trading, Russian ETFs and stocks have since pared gains on the update. 

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FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) InjectTheVenom Feb 2, 2017 1:31 PM

Denies? Licer said 'from what he understands it's SOP' ... also failed to claim responsibility for the Navy Seal who's life was taken thanks to Bannon's okay of the Yemen order ... this is the guy ya'll want leading the Land of the Free?

flaminratzazz's picture

Land of the Free? where? show me.. O i c -it is a trick .. you are talking about Putin..

eforce's picture

So you think the US has the right to force Iran to use the dollar?

stocker84's picture

forget about're a spammer


xythras and spam sobs trying to ride on the Zh coattails...pathetic.

shovelhead's picture

Bannon doesn't approve Mil Ops but thanks for playing.

Enjoy your $10 gift card at Walmart.

Spitball's picture

You must be in fantasy land. 

The USA isn't the land of the free. I paid 20G's in federal income taxes last year along with 13G's in property tax.

Where's this land of the free shit you speek of?

If your talking about living in your mommies basement living on the government nipple getting your student loan paid for then I guess that's your land of the free.

I live in the land of reality.  

mary mary's picture

Better yet, live in the projects, get your own apartment for $5/month, get food stamps, have kids and get Social Security checks for them.  Spend your money on a big TV, $500 tennis shoes, $100 haircuts, etc.

Carl Spackler's picture

Amen, brother "Spitball."

Scuba Steve's picture

Yep, it is ....

And waiting patiently for "Go Time" for folks on the List.

When the DJT dog whistle goes out, plenty of folks going to answer the bell. Mark it down.

MFL5591's picture

The American people either dismantle this shit hole of liberals or they dismantle our country.  Decide!

Carl Spackler's picture

There is truth to what you say.

We've got our best guy on it... Donald John Trump

Darktarra's picture

Why is there so much FAKE NEWS i the world... why?!

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

inosent's picture

That is as good an explanation as any at this stage of the game.

The central planners's picture

It was done, but the joos grabbed Trump by the balls.

flaminratzazz's picture

Trump himself was quoted moments ago as saying "I haven't eased anything on Russia."

So I ask, why the fvk not?  Should have been job number 1.. all the Russian hate is fabricated on lies

Duc888's picture



He probably wants to meet with Putin in person first.

shovelhead's picture


You don't give nothing away when there's a deal to be made. If anyone gets this, it's Putin. He knows the game.

scraping_by's picture

The name of the thing as opposed to the thing itself.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Moving things slowly. Right thing to do.

Moving fast might be seen as weakness. By lots of different folks, Russians, Media, etc.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And you know that 4/5 of "Team" take orders from the Zio-maggots like George Soros, Henry Kissinger and the Rockefellers!...

This is why I wanted Trump to set the table during his campaign for investigating 9/11, but he didn't and it's because he was told he better shut up!

We'll never know now how much of the popular vote he would have walked away with had he told the American people the truth of what has kept us in the Middle East illegally for going on 16 years?...

My belief is that their probably would have been a huge groundswell from the Bernie voters had he brought it up!!!

Mike Masr's picture

Sanctions are useless! I have family and friends in Russia and nobody is hurting or wanting for anything. The shelves are stocked and full. Putin's reverse-sanctions on EU produced food made Russia find other sources. Obozos sanctions put Russia into bed with China! Russians are NOT losing any sleep over Obozos useless sanctions!   

SANCTIONS CAN ONLY WORK WHEN EVERY COUNTRY APPLIES THEM! These sanctions are a fucking joke! As you can see from the ZH map at the link below only the EU is getting royally fucked by these US sanctions. This being caused by Russia's counter-sanctions on EU food. As far as I'm concerned fuck Brussels and fuck the EU!


Scuba Steve's picture

Trump never said they were his sanctioned sanctions, those are still on monkey king time ...

DJT sanctions would twist Putin into a knot ... right now DJT is sparring with Putin, full head-gear, extra-padded gloves, 1/4 speed, verbal coaching going on.

The Main Event still needs to be marketed.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And it's only moar proof Mike that it's a losing proposition.. Case in point Viktor Orban's meeting with Putin this afternoon which spells out that Eastern Europe is far more united behind Russia than anyone care to admit outside Washington and London!

Carl Spackler's picture

Mike Masr...

Our President is a real estate guy.

The USA and Russia have a history of deals (i.e., Seward buys Alaska, the Romanovs floated bond issues in the USA).

How about you sell us Kamchatka?

It would beautiful deal. We like you. We have a lot to offer, as well.

Starting bid is California. You get Cali and we get Kamchatka?!

Counter offer?

Carl Spackler's picture

Mike Masr...

Our President is a real estate guy.

The USA and Russia have a history of deals (i.e., Seward buys Alaska, the Romanovs floated bond issues in the USA).

How about you sell us Kamchatka?

It would beautiful deal. We like you. We have a lot to offer, as well.

Starting bid is California. You get Cali and we get Kamchatka?!

Counter offer?

11b40's picture

Just more 'hair in fire', breathless reporting from the corporate media.

farflungstar's picture

(((Who))) started crying about it

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) Feb 2, 2017 1:28 PM

TRUMP couldn't care less about PUTIN

He is not the person engineering chaos in the usa's streets, colleges, and planting fake news  in the media

When will the dul witted gringos wake up and figure out who our real enemies are?


flaminratzazz's picture

according to Berkeley, it is a jew faggot..I guess they are close?

shovelhead's picture

Those fuking Rastarfarians...

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

I have to wonder if, before they really ramp up war in E Ukraine, if ZATO will roll into Belarus on some pretext or other.

No one talks about this but - just look at a map.

Putin needs to, he's brilliant but I honestly dont know if he quite gets what is the biggest (NOT only) most powerful driver in Washington and media: its International Organized Zionist Jewry.

He needs to explicitly say that he regards Israel as an extension of the US and NATO and he needs to understand that Jewish media, political and banking control means that he can not keep using delaying tactics.

They will never give up reconquering Russia if they feel safe.

Lest anyone forget - the Old Bolsheviks were *absolutely* dominated by Russian and Christian hating Jews who went on an orgy of killing priests and burning churches 'as' Jews - that was not conducive to winning over the people. They murdered 15/20 MILLION Christians.

And the oligarchs who raped Russia under Yeltsin- almost all Jews.

All facts- but the truth is outlawed.

And the truth is it was Israel and its sayanim, with confederate useful idiots, who led us into Iraq after running 9/11


inosent's picture

Good source information. Thanks. Not sure who the down voter is. Probably a bot.

I am adding The Last Days of the Romanovs, by Robert Wilton to my list of recommended reading.

As far as Putin, he knows.


From your posted article:

During the decades prior to the outbreak of the First World War, the Russian economy was booming. In fact, between 1890 and 1913, it was the fastest growing in the world. New rail lines were opened at an annual rate double that of the Soviet years. Between 1900 and 1913, iron production increased by 58 percent, while coal production more than doubled. Exported Russian grain fed all of Europe. Finally, the last decades of Tsarist Russia witnessed a magnificent flowering of cultural life.


Everything changed with the First World War, a catastrophe not only for Russia, but for the entire West.

The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia's Early Soviet Regime, Assessing the Grim Legacy of Soviet Communism, by Mark Weber (

And about this war (which began in 1914):

Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward and upward: Herzl, the Zionist congress, the English Uganda proposition, the future world war, the peace conference where, with the help of England, a free and Jewish Palestine will be created" The Jew, Max Nordau (real surname Suedfeld), spoken at the Sixth Congress of the World Zionist Organization (1903), as reported in Trial and Error, by Chaim Weizmann (1949) (source: The Controversy of Zion, Douglas Reed, 1956).

Further, the jew crony bankster non-federal reserves nothing scam-stem was born December 1913, 'coincidentally' on the eve of the start of "the future world war", which was used to provide the funding for "the future world war", as the US fed gov never would have been able to enter the war without it, and, as G. Edward Griffin points out in his book, The Creature of Jekyll Island, a Second Look at the Federal Reserve, bail out JP Morgan, who was in the hole $300,000,000 GOLD on a loan to England, when in 1916 it look certain the Germans had won.

The fruits of the Age of Enlightenment abounded all over the world in the wake of its peak circa 1790. All the way up to 1914. What a great world we might have had otherwise, but for the sinsiter jews, and their zionist conspiracy to destroy civilization, and set in motion every device imaginable to seize control of the world.

By now, there are many branches and off-shoots, all unrecognizably 'jewish', but tracing back to the root, we always find the jew.

The blessings of God, the gospel of liberty and the equality of man, governments of the people for the people, the rule of law, all the great ideas that were the foundation of all the material wealth and success spread in an unprecedented fashion to the masses like never before seen in history, all because (I say) of Jesus' repudiation of the judahite lies and distortions, and underlining famously the most basic elements that lead to peace, prosperity and happiness to anyone who follows them, not restricted to some 'exclusive' group of 'chosen ones', and that is love God (the Highest, and Best, and Most Absolute Good) and love your neighbor as yourself, all torn down because of the envy and sneering corruption of jews.

"Everything changed with the First World War, a catastrophe not only for Russia, but for the entire West."

Let the reader pause a moment, and reflect on that -

(... moment of silence ...)

Indeed. 100+ years of total darkness, and people are so blinded by this heavy darkness no matter how bright the light shines on the truth, they just cannot see it, cannot comprehend it, or deny it altogether because for them it is inconvenient.


Vervolf's picture

Trump really does not ease any sanctions. He just give possibility to American IT earn money in Russia which they cannot without FSB permission...Who can blame him?

shovelhead's picture


They never get tired of their Bolsheviks and their Opie Yingyang Plan.

antidisestablishmentarianismishness's picture

But we WANT him to ease sanctions for our good friends at the Kremlin.  This is why we voted for him, isn't it?

scraping_by's picture

As opposed to economic, diplomatic, and military aggression with no proof of their evil intent. Have fun with your commies under the bed.

onwisconsinbadger's picture

who has the golden shower tapes ? that will decide sanctions or no sanctions.

francis scott falseflag's picture


Now we see that all the accusations about the Russian hacking have absolutely nothing to do

with Hillary Clinton.


And everything to do with Trump being forced not to lighten up on the sanctions and Putin.


                        THE DEEP STATE NEVER SLEEPS.

Riquin's picture


The government of Ukraine and its corrupted followers supported the Clinton’s corruption and campaign; there is a treaty (Minsk peace agreements) that Ukraine does not want to follow. I do not understand why are we supporting Hillary’ s corrupted friends.  


We need peace with Russia and Hillary’s mess in the Ukraine is creating frictions with Putin. McCain of course as a good warmonger wants war with Russia that will degenerate into WW3 and millions of dead people.