Vox’s Dreazen: Obama’s Russia Actions ‘Pretty Minimal’ Some Are ‘Almost Comical’

On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Vox Deputy Managing Editor and Foreign Editor Yochi Dreazen argued that President Obama’s recent actions against Russia are “pretty minimal.” And some were “almost comical.”

Dreazen said, “In the end, what the White House did was pretty minimal. These are less than what they did when Putin invaded Ukraine. Some of the stuff they did is almost comical. There’s a travel ban on the heads of the Russian intel. services, who are not coming to the US anytime soon anyway. It was minor. And given the run up, given the impact this may have had on the election, I was surprised that it was as small as it was.”

He added, “It’s round one. The problem is that Donald Trump determines round two. … So if there’s more to come, Donald Trump will determine what it is, if it is, when it is. So, Obama may promise more, but it’s not his promise to keep.”

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