Who set up that meeting? Fusion GPS. Who in that meeting represented Russia? No one. (Some people were Russians, or allegedly Russians). What deals were made in that meeting? None. The Trump side has denied any deals and the Russian side has denied any deals. In fact the Trump side left in disgust after a few minutes. While you might say that of course the Russians would deny any deals, the Russian side are heavily linked to Fusion GPS and indeed met with Glenn Simpson both before and after that meeting. Fusion GPS would be claiming a deal was made if in fact any deal was made.
The Steele "dossier" is discredited BS and basing any evaluation of the situation on it is insane at this point.
Whether Trump actually lifted sanctions on Russia is significantly debateable. He has taken many policy positions significantly tougher on Russia than Obama did; including, in particular, selling weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion. Sanctions were imposed on Russia by Barack Obama in part for their alleged interference in our election, which remains unproven. (That they tried to interfere ineffectually is not in doubt; the claim that they were behind the DNC hack and colluded with Trump is effectively disproven following the lack of charges against Assange). Trump has actually signed sanctions legislation against Russia, so claiming he weakened sanctions should be a non-starter.
Further -- diplomatic negotiations with foreign nations are part of what the President is elected to do.
Absolutely nothing Trump has done as President is outside the bounds of normal human behavior, and more specifically, normal conservative politics. Much of what he has done, or tried to do, is outside the bounds of "normal deep state" politics. Trump has tried to restrict illegal immigration, renegotiated trade deals, lowered taxes, sought to improve the lot of the domestic manufacturing industries, and tried to extract American troops from foreign wars. These things are generally anathema to the Deep State and misrepresented by the media.
Once upon a time, Patterico was a media skeptic, but his ability to extract the real story behind the biased reporting seems to be on the blink when he is wearing Trump blinders.