WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Today President Donald Trump made what could very well prove to be the most controversial move of his presidency by signing Executive Order 14938, which makes using the word ‘Russia’ illegal. Under the new order, it is now illegal for any private citizen to use the word Russia, whether it be written, spoken or used in any way that is not agreeable with the Trump Administration. Any person who violates this order can now face fines of up to $25,000 and five years in federal prison.
“I’ve been hearing too many people talk about Russia lately and this needs to stop now,” Trump told reporters. “There’s so many more important things out there to talk about, like China or Muslims for example. As Americans living in this Christian nation of ours, we must unite together, and never, ever say that horrible word ‘Russia’, ever again. It’s a terrible word folks, just saying it makes me sick, it’s bad news, trust me. I can say with 100% certainty that nothing good can come from the fake news or great media outlets like Breitbart and Fox News or any American using the word ‘Russia’. So beginning this Thursday, no more use of that word or we’ll have to start looking into prison labor camps.”
The Executive Order comes just hours after ties linking Russia to meddling in the 2016 election have become clearer. On Tuesday news of an email exchange showed that Donald Trump Jr. entertained an offer of help from the Russian government for his father to be elected president in 2016.
In the messages, an intermediary for Russian business allies of the Trumps offer what they call incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. That eventually led to a meeting — set up by music promoter Rob Goldstone — among a Russian attorney, Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump Jr. did not seem bothered by the offer, which brought him and the campaign into a questionable legal area.
“If it’s what you say,” Trump Jr. replied, “I love it.”
It’s illegal under federal law to solicit help or accept a campaign contribution from a foreign national or foreign government.
Trump took to Twitter using the hashtag #DontSayRUSSIA to announce news of the now illegal word.
“There will be NO MORE USE of the word RUSSIA! They are all the way over there, and we’re all the way over here, so NO MORE!!”
The law goes into effect this Friday. Even though the word ‘Russia’ will be illegal to say within the entire United States, Americans will still be allowed to use ‘Russia’ outside of the country and even in countries such as Russia. Citizens are urged to report anyone using the word ‘Russia’ within the country immediately to the “Just Say No To Using The Word Russia” hotline at (785) 273-0329. The Trump Administration has setup a reward of $5,000 per American that is apprehended. Callers are urged to ask for Paul Horner.