Well, what's really going on is that Trump hasn't yet been willing to suck it up and admit that his fast-and-loose style just won't continue cutting it at this geopolitical level.
This new round of sanctions (built on total BS) against Russia is just more of the same "keep everybody off balance" so-called game theory. Putin hasn't fallen for even a tiny bit of it. In fact, Trump just really screwed up.
There was the possibility that Trump would have learned more and then shown it by being real when needed rather than being dumb enough to follow the MI6 lead on it all (with the CIA). None of it is lost on Putin (or Lavrov).
Putin will keep a cool and level head and end up winning. He's also training a couple of generations of Russians in how to handle it all too.
The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. We speak to journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal.