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White House Expected to Approve New Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2017 — President Donald Trump has signaled that he would accept legislation involving new sanctions on Russia and decreased his power to lift sanctions on Russia. This is a striking move made by both parties, who have disproved of his closeness with Moscow. The new legislation comes as Trump and his team are being investigated for collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

The new legislation would require Trump to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing sanctions and penalties against Moscow. Congress will consider the sanctions deal on Tuesday and the bill is expected to be sent and signed by President Trump before the August recess.

The new sanctions are in response to Moscow’s meddling in the presidential election and its military response in Ukraine and Syria.  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” that the White House supports the current legislation and will work with Congress to put these sanctions in place. Republicans and Democratic leaders announced on Saturday that settled key issues they had with the bill, which also includes financial penalties against Iran and North Korea. House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ed Royce released a joint statement.

“North Korea, Iran and Russia have in different ways all threatened their neighbors and actively sought to undermine American interests,” “The bill will now exclusively focus on these nations and hold them accountable for their dangerous actions.”

The White House is weary of the forced congressional review necessary for Trump to terminate sanctions against Russia. Sanders said the White House is willing to work with the House and Senate to make the necessary changes. The Senate passed a sanctions package that only targeted only Russia and Iran.

These new sanctions come as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee the next day. The US already has a raft of sanctions in place against Russian individuals and companies over Crimea. In December, following claims of election hacking, then President Barack Obama also expelled 35 diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in the US.

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