Trump administration deals a silent blow to Russia

The Trump administration has dealt a silent blow to Russia — but not quite as silent as the liberal media has been in reporting that fact.

“Russia, Russia, Russia” dominated media coverage until relatively recently, when James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas’ undercover reporting found that many on CNN were more than willing to admit the story was fake, and something to be milked for ratings. We all saw how long they milked the story of the Missing Malaysian flight back in 2014, and any story, regardless of how little evidence, will do. They only ceased covering the story relentlessly after they had to fire three of their journalists over bogus reporting related to it, and that’s around the same time that the rest of the media began to back away from it.

According to Reuters:

The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their information systems, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

The decision represents a sharp response to what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a national security threat posed by Russia in cyberspace, following an election year marred by allegations that Moscow weaponized the internet in an attempt to influence its outcome.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive to federal agencies ordering them to identify Kaspersky products on their information systems within 30 days, develop plans to remove products within 60 days, and begin to discontinue their use within 90 days.

“The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks,” the department said in a statement.

Certainly a bizarre move for an administration in cahoots with the Russians.

What will the tin-foil hat wearers among us say in response to this? That this is just part of a coverup to make it seem like there’s no collusion with Russia?

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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