Cowed by the deep state
The Trump administration is now apparently so afraid of being denounced as Russian agents that it declines to even congratulate the Russians on their holidays:
The United States did not send congratulatory messages on the occasion of Russia Day for the first time, Russian Embassy in the United States Press Secretary Nikolai Lakhonin told Sputnik on Wednesday.
"We can confirm that we did not receive any greetings from the American side on the occasion of Russia Day. This happens for the first time as far as we remember. Make your own conclusions," Lakhonin said.
Earlier, two sources in the diplomatic mission told Sputnik that the embassy received no congratulatory messages from the United States for the first time in 25 years.
The Trump administration is now the first not to send greetings for "Russia Day" ever since the holiday was established 25 years ago.
Even Hillary Clinton, in her time, on this occasion sent regards to the Russians on behalf of the Obama administration:
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton has congratulated Russia on its national holiday - Russia Day.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Russia as you celebrate your National Day this June 12th,” Clinton said in a press statement on Monday.
For the record, the holiday is not controversial from the western point of view in the least.
It was established by Boris Yeltsin, and essentially marks the start of Yeltsin's rebellion in 1990 against Gorbachev which the next year resulted in the dissolution of Soviet Union by Russia.