Barack Obama promised to retaliate against Russia for allegedly hacking the American election to ensure that Donald Trump would win.
Since that promise, the Russian ambassador to Turkey has been murdered, another Russian official has died, and on Christmas eve a Russian plane carrying the army choir has crashed.
Good work, Obama.
A senior Russian official has said he does not believe it was an act of terror that caused a Russian military jet to crash into the Black Sea.
A body has been found in the water after the jet, which had 92 people on board, crashed shortly after take-off.
The plane was carrying 64 members of the renowned military choir and dance band, the Alexandrov Ensemble, including its conductor Valery Khalilov.
The ensemble, better known as the Red Army Choir, was heading to Syria to give a concert at a Russian air base there.
Nine members of the media were among the 84 passengers on board.
Eight crew were also on the plane.
Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian parliament’s defence committee has told state media that he “totally excludes” terrorism as a cause of the crash.
He said it could have been caused by a technical malfunction or crew error.
President Putin has ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash.
He also offered deepest condolences to the victims’ families, according to a Kremlin spokesman.
The missing aircraft is a Tu-154, a Soviet-designed three-engine airliner.
The plane had departed at 5:40am local time (0240 GMT) from Adler, south of Sochi.
Fragments of the plane have already been found at a depth of 50-70m about 1.5km (0.93 miles) from the Russian coast.
Some personal documents from those on board have also been recovered.
The plane was flying to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase outside the coastal Syrian city of Latakia, the ministry said.
The Tu-154 aircraft has been involved in a number of accidents in the past.
In April 2010 the then Polish president Lech Kaczynski was killed when a Tu-154 airliner crashed near Smolensk in western Russia.