White House pushing Republicans in the House to relax new Russia sanctions

Donald Trump

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The White House is seeking to influence some GOP House members to ease up on the Senate-passed Russia sanctions, hoping that the lower chamber will provide “administration-friendly” changes, according to Politico.

The Senate voted Wednesday, 97-2, to pass a measure that would toughen sanctions on Russia and would prevent the White House from unilaterally removing the sanctions imposed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2016.

“I’m concerned about it, but I don’t really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Politico in an interview. “I can’t imagine the House would want to be apologists for Russian behavior after the combined weight of the intelligence communities all weighing in saying, ‘Look, they attacked the United States’.”

via SALON News & Politics http://ift.tt/2tA581c

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