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There are numerous reasons why Trump refuses to impose new sanctions on Russia; first, he has business interests in Russia, and The Trump Organization would certainly be affected if he enforced the law that imposes sanctions on those that do business with Russian companies already under sanctions.
Second, Trump was on Putin's radar for years, wooed by Putin and other Russian oligarchs, and has personal Russian mafia ties; Mueller is looking into Trump and Kushner's financials--and many more. Trump has openly done real estate transactions with Russian mafia; Trump Jr. let the cat out that Russian money is a large chunk of their portfolio.
Then, there is all of that kompromat. Knowing Trump's general beliefs about women; inferior, weak, around for his enjoyment, dumb, to be used and thrown away if he chooses, he would accept a "gift" from his Russian friends; it would be easy to set up a compromising position, and Trump would oblige them.
Finally, (for my purposes here) if Trump implemented Congress' new sanctions, he would tie his own hands--and he's not willingly going to do that; one thing Trump is good at is bluster. He rages, then when cooler heads prevail, he promises something that he (generally) has no intention of keeping, but it gives him some more time to figure something out. Then, more raging. Unfortunately, the time in between raging isn't put to the best use, because he doesn't seem to get anything done.
As usual, the Trump Administration makes "changes" where none are required to force their agenda; they claim the mission statement was changed for the following reasons;
1) simplify the language of the mission statement and clearly define the USCIS "commitment to the American people." Tellingly, their explanation never directly addresses the removal of the phrase "a nation of immigrants" from the mission statement; it only indirectly alludes to their commitment to the American people, which--ironically enough--are all descendants of immigrants.
2) remove the word "customer," since it indicated that the immigrant was their customer. As the background article stated, "between 95% and 99%" of the agency's budget is "funded through user fees paid by the applicants and petitioners." While it is true that citizenship is a process and not just a result of paying a fee, saying that the USCIS doesn't serve the immigrants that apply for citizenship--and funds the majority of the agency's budget--is like saying that state-run colleges serve the state's citizens, not the students who pay to attend (or receive grants and attend the university for free).
Finally, the changes didn't have to be directly ordered by Trump or the White House because Trump has been filling his cabinet with people who share his views. He--and his cabinet's ideas on immigration are widely known; it doesn't take a psychic to determine that these changes fall in line with his administration's priorities.
That is a typical Putin ploy, directly out of the Kremlin 101 playbook: do something shady; deny, deny, deny; accuse your target/victim of being the perpetrator; when it is in your best interest, claim the "moral high ground," by offering your hand in "friendship."
When they, wisely, fail to fall for your ruse--as you know they will--you blame them for the breakdown of "negotiations" you have made in "good faith."
If the US agreed to a mutual non-interference pledge, they would be bound by it; Putin would continue as he has always done, but cry bloody murder if the US were to break even the spirit of the agreement.
Trump may have been "re-inspired" by the French to bring military parades back into the limelight, but he has mentioned them early in his presidency, talking to the Washington Post in January, he said, "[W]e're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military." He added, "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we're going to be showing our military."
The HuffPost obtained documents that show that, before the inauguration, Trump's transition officials contacted the Pentagon requesting armored vehicles, including tanks and missile launchers as part of his inaugural parade--the Pentagon declined.
There may be a patriotic element to Trump's desire to "outdo" the French parade, but it is mainly an ego/Freudian compensation issue.
How does paying for and shipping food save the government money over electronically putting funds into accounts for recipients, and how is canned food more nutritious than frozen or fresh food?
This plan will benefit these food box companies and put more food retailers out of business. I have used food box programs before, and what he describes doesn't sound high-end, like "Blue Apron."
The plan sounds like a payoff "sweet deal" for someone's campaign donor(s) to me.