The media has been searching for evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia for over a year.
They consider it the silver bullet that will take down Donald Trump.
Now Vladimir Putin has made a shocking announcement that settled the question of collusion in dramatic fashion.
Trump has long maintained the collusion story is fake news and nothing more than an excuse by Democrats for losing the election.
But Trump’s recent actions – and the response by Putin – has put the collusion story to bed.
Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill imposing additional sanctions on Russia.
Putin responded by expelling 755 diplomats from Russia.
Fox News reports:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that 755 U.S. diplomats will be expelled from Russia by Sept. 1, according to an interview on Russian television.
The expulsions had been announced Friday in response to a new law passed in Congress that expanded sanctions, but Sunday’s statement was the first time a large number of Americans were confirmed as involved.
It was “a regrettable and uncalled for act,” a State Department official told The Associated Press. Earlier, a State Department official told Fox News, “It is our policy to not comment on the number of individuals serving at our missions abroad.”
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Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy to reduce the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455.
“I decided it is time for us to show: We do not intend to leave U.S. actions unanswered,” said Putin, according to Interfax News Agency.
The U.S. has taken an “unprovoked step towards worsening bilateral relations,” Putin added.
He also said that Russia could consider other options in response to the U.S., but that he hoped it would not come down to that.”
These are not the actions of leaders who colluded during the campaign.
If Russia really had worked to help elect Donald Trump, they’ve received very little return on their investment.
In fact, the Trump administration has been tougher on Russia than Obama.
The collusion narrative has always rested on a pretty thin reed.
There has never been any proof of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
It persists because the media latched onto Clinton’s excuse for losing the election, and members of the press never critically examine any claim made by Democrats.
Hillary blaming the Russians for her loss was proof enough for members of the media.
Soon thereafter they began to ask questions about whether the Russians interfered in the election, and then decided that he Trump campaign must have guided or assisted their efforts.
It was invented out of thin air without any specific allegations being made or evidence presented.
It’s a fact-free fan fiction written by journalists who hate Trump and schemed to devise a scandal they believed would hamstring his administration or drive him from office.
But that’s not reporting. It’s political opposition.