President Trump may veto the Russian Federation sanctions bill and "be tougher" on Russian Federation than Congress, newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday in an interview with CNN.
The actions are similar to the December 2016 expulsion of Kremlin diplomats from the United States and the seizure of two of Moscow's diplomatic compounds in retaliation for Russian interference in the us presidential election.
The legislation includes a provision making it more hard for the US president to remove sanctions against Russian Federation.
The U.S. Senate adopted the law on sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Earlier on Thursday, a senior White House aide said Trump could veto the pending legislation in order to push for a tougher deal, an idea that drew skepticism in Congress because his administration had spent weeks lobbying for a weaker bill.
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USA intelligence agencies believe Russian Federation tried to sway the election in favour of Mr Trump and several investigations are looking into whether anyone from his campaign colluded.
Before President Barack Obama left office, he ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and expelled 35 of its diplomats in response to alleged election interference, a claim that Moscow has consistently denied. But the notion that Trump would veto the bill in order to negotiate "a tougher deal" against Russian Federation directly contradicts the fact that the White House was openly lobbying House representatives to water down the bill earlier this month.
"It's just not a good way to start a presidency to veto something and then be soundly overridden", Corker told reporters.
If the president signs the legislation, it could put a dent in his stated desire to work constructively with the Kremlin. But the U.S. Senate's approval of expanded economic sanctions against Russian Federation on Thursday changed that calculus. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday night aboard Air Force One said the president is "looking over" where the legislation stood.
"It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country", Putin added. "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".
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