Remember the aluminum mill the Russians said they would build in Kentucky after Mitch McConnell helped lift the sanctions? The Russians cut off the money.
Bloomberg News reported:
The Russian company, which is backing an aluminum project in Kentucky, said it was suspending investment as it waited for U.S. partners to raise funds, a new setback for the $ 1 billion mill that was due to be completed last year .
United Co. Rusal International PJSC announced its move to Unity Aluminum, formerly known as Braidy Industries, in a call on Wednesday. Rusal has so far poured $ 65 million into the company that local officials have relied on to create hundreds of high-paying jobs in the area.
The Russians said they would build the largest aluminum plant in the United States in Kentucky. An oligarch with ties to Putin promised a $ 200 million investment in the state and hundreds of jobs. Instead, the Kentucky people got nothing.
Democrats were investigating McConnell and the Russian investment, and that investigation should continue in the interests of US national security.
Putin had the sanctions lifted and Mitch McConnell was played for a fool.
The lesson for Republicans should be that if they want to sell themselves to Putin, they should be smart enough to get an upfront payment.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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