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>> If Russia and the United States got along well, that would be good.>> President Trump has long pushed for better ties with Russia, but analysts are now seeing clear signs of a harder US stance, after the White House condemned a suspected Russian nerve agent attack in Britain and slammed Russia with a new round of sanctions.
Warren Strobel is covering the story.>> Well the sanctions that were announced this week were probably the toughest action that the administration, the Trump administration, has taken against Russia since taking office. We were told that part of this may be exasperation on the part of President Trump, who has asked for better relations with Russia, but in his view, at least, Putin has answered that by doing a number of things, including a video about a month ago showing new nuclear weapons.
One of them falling on Florida, where he has a house at Mar-a-Lago. We also have a Russian supported offensive in eastern Syria. And finally, you have this attack in the United Kingdom that has been attributed to Russia on which chemical agents were used.>> Observers say the tougher line could also be seen in the US decision to directly blame Russia for a series of cyber attacks on American power plants.
And while the US treasury has put off targeting oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it said further sanctions were coming that will cut them off from the US financial system. The administration is still avoiding overt attacks on President Vladimir Putin.>> We have a President, who has sometimes dismissed criticism of Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, but virtually everybody on his national security team takes a much harsher view of Russia.
That would include Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis.>> The thick layer of frost on the relationship is now clear, analysts say. In a phrase right out of the Cold War, one US official telling reporters to stay tuned for more actions to, quote, counter Russian aggression.