MOSCOW, Apr 6 (PRIME) -- The U.S. President Donald Trump administration is set to sanction some of Russia’s ruling elite on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the planned announcement. The “oligarch” sanctions were planned before the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in the U.K. last month, but the new measures are likely to fuel rising diplomatic tensions between the West and Moscow. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top officials have signaled since January that the administration would levy new sanctions based on a confidential list of Russian oligarchs, corrupt politicians and the ruling elite close to President Vladimir Putin that was drafted earlier this year by U.S. officials. “This extensive report…is being used to inform future targeted sanctions,” Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, told … [Read more...] about Report: Trump administration set to sanction Russian elite on Fri
Picture: AFP Washington. The Trump administration is set to sanction some of Russia’s ruling elite on Friday, delivering on long-promised punitive actions mandated by Congress after Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, The Wall Street Journal reported. The “oligarch” sanctions were planned before the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in the U.K. last month, people familiar with the planned Friday announcement said, but the new measures are likely to fuel rising diplomatic tensions between the West and Moscow. © 2018 All rights reserved. Citing Focus Information Agency is mandatory! … [Read more...] about The Wall Street Journal: Trump Administration Is Set to Sanction Russian Elite on Friday
Almost everyone applying for a US visa will be asked to list their social media accounts before being granted entry, under proposals put forward by Donald Trump’s administration. Applicants will be required to submit details of any accounts held in the preceding five years on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. An estimated 14.7 million people a year would be affected by the move, which includes submissions for both immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Those countries with visa-free travel to America, such as Britain, would not be affected but non-exempt countries such as China, India and Mexico would be hit. The proposal was made by the US state department and submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, which has 60 days to decided whether to approve. It comes after Mr Trump talked up the need for “extreme vetting” at America’s borders during his successful 2016 election campaign. The Trump … [Read more...] about Trump administration wants visa applicants to hand over social media acount details
The Trump administration is reversing a policy that exempts pregnant immigrants from immigration detention. The change in protocol follows after the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive in 2016 saying that pregnant women should not be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), unless extraordinary circumstances exist. Pregnant women will now be treated like any other immigrant suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to the new directive, which was first reported by The Hill. Read more Dozens arrested in Arizona immigration raid in Arizona An internal email describing the shift said that the change is meant to better align with an immigration executive order signed by President Donald Trump last year. That executive order, signed in January of 2017 soon after Mr Trump took the oath of office, broadened the description of people who could be deemed a priority for removal from the United States through deportation. Human rights … [Read more...] about Trump administration ends policy excluding pregnant immigrants from detention
The decision to ask a citizenship question on the census, which the administration announced late Monday night, may seem an obscure matter, but it could give the Trump administration another level to shift power and federal resources away from blue states toward red ones, much as happened with the recent tax law changes that disproportionately favored voters in Republican regions. … [Read more...] about Trump administration’s census plan would hurt California, state officials say. Can it be stopped?