The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation that included tougher new sanctions against Russian Federation and Iran, making it more hard for President Donald Trump to ease existing restrictions without congressional approval.
Now that Trump is president, Congress seems to be working to counterbalance some of Trump's more controversial (and potentially problematic) foreign policy instincts. Mike Crapo (R-Id.) on the floor of the Senate on June 13, aside from codifying existing sanctions, the amendment also attacks Russian economic activities in gas and oil production, railway, shipping and metals and mining.
"The United States needs to respond to Iranian and Russian aggression with strength", Wicker said.
- Require a study on the flow of illicit finance involving Russia and a formal assessment of US economic exposure to Russian state-owned entities. "I am strongly supportive of the sanctions on Russian Federation included in this bill", Sanders said in a statement. "I hope the overwhelming support for this legislation can serve as an example for what can be accomplished when Republicans and Democrats work together and put the interests of the American people first, and I look forward to our hearing next week that will begin the committee's work on considering an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)", concluded Senator Corker.
However, Sen. Robert Menendez was skeptical, telling Politico, "I just cannot fathom how House Republicans could ultimately, with everything that's going on with Russia's nefarious actions, try to either deep-six the bill or dramatically change it".
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ROSENSTEIN: Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders. Sean Spicer , the White House press secretary, said Ruddy "never spoke to the president regarding this issue".
The new Senate sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on lawmakers to grant "flexibility" to the White House in dealing with Russian Federation. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rand Paul of Kentucky were the only votes against the bill.
To become law, the legislation still must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump.
Geopolitical analyst Ian Bremmer, the CEO of the political risk firm Eurasia Group, tweeted Thursday: "Heard from Defense Min of a United States ally: Mattis & Tillerson said they make relevant policy decisions & ignore Trump because he's not in charge". "Now, he's surprised me on a lot of things", Sen.
The prepared remarks of Trump's speech reportedly included the line: "We face many threats, but I stand here before you with a clear message: the USA commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and to Article 5 is unwavering". "I'm confident about that".
The addition came with the White House deeply embroiled in crisis over whether Trump's campaign team colluded with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.