“The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it would lift sanctions on three Russian companies tied to Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch who once employed President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, the Wall Street Journal reports.”
So, if you were playing telephone tag it might go sumpin’ like Putin > Deripaska > Manafort > Comrade Trump.
What makes it more interesting, tho, is that Paulie Ostrich Jacket is up to his eyeballs in debt ($20M Ameros or so) to Deripaska from assorted failed deals. Paulie was expecting a care package from Russia, perhaps some nice tea or a perfume sampler, and instead of a pardon, maybe what Paulie really wanted for Christmas is a gift of the Magi for his buddy Oleg, you know, something to ease over the debt. Getting to sell aluminum to the United States again is probably worth at least $20M Ameros. But I’m only guessing.