A senior Trump administration official has told Politico that the White House will attempt to convince House Republicans to make "administration-friendly changes" to a bipartisan new Senate bill which slaps Russian Federation with Trump-proof sanctions in retaliation for the Kremlin's interference in last year's US presidential election.
The Senate bill imposes mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.
The measures need the approval of the House of Representatives and to be signed into law by President Trump, although they are thought to have enough Congressional support to override any veto.
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June. 15: After Moscow was found to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election, the United States Senate as punishment, has approved new sanctions against Russian Federation.
For one, administration officials have reportedly been considering returning two East Coast diplomatic compounds to the Kremlin that were seized by the Obama administration in December. A date hasn't been set for a final vote on the full measure.
On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the USA further sanctions would damage relations, though stopped short of saying how the Russian government would respond in kind. Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky were the only "no" votes.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-author of the bill, said he's been updating the State Department. It would also allow new sanctions on state-owned entities of the Russian economy, including mining, metal, shipping and railways.
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The power would allow congress to strengthen those sanctions in retaliation for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election and its actions in Syria.
Trump has repeatedly and openly doubted the intelligence community's finding that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election.
But Democrats said the message of the Russian Federation sanctions was aimed not just at Moscow, but also at the White House.
During the hearing Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson urged senators to oppose the measure so that Trump and his administration would have "the flexibility to turn the heat up" if necessary.
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The sanctions against Russian Federation are "in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria", according to the sponsors.