Trump Suspiciously Friendly To Putin, Administration Pushing To Weaken Russia Sanctions Bill
A new Politico Report stated that the Donald Trump’s White House will be urging House Republicans to change the Senate’s Russia sanctions legislation to a more Russia-friendly bill.
According to a senior White House official, the administration has grown concerend about the United States’ relationship with Russia. He stated that that administration is hoping to work with Republicans in the House to soften the bill.
According to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who spoke with Politico, he has heard the Trump administration is asking House members to “slow and block” the legislation.
“This is not something the administration is calling for us to do,” Brown said of the stronger sanctions. “I applaud the courage of a number of my Republican colleagues who said no to the administration and did the right thing for the country to keep a foreign power out of our elections.”
House Democrat Krysten Sinema tweeted on Saturday in response to the report, saying that the U.S. must hold Russia accountable with “strong sanctions.”
Russia seeks to undermine American democracy. We must hold them accountable with strong sanctions. https://t.co/wHB3l18q1H
— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) June 17, 2017
Last Thursday, with a 98-2 vote, the Senate passed the bill that would impose new sanctions on Russia. The bill also gives Congress the power to deny Trump from easing the sanctions with executive power, he must first get Congressional approval to do so.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded to the Senate’s decision to pass the bill.
“I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions,” he told lawmakers.