Senate slaps new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting Trump in corner
01 August, 2017, 22:50 | Author: Celia Hoffman
Meanwhile, the White House has reportedly raised concerns about the new Russian Federation sanctions, as well as a provision that gives Congress the ability to block Trump from lifting sanctions.
President Vladimir Putinsaid Russian Federation will expel 755 USA diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States as a response to new US sanctions, although not for now.
The rare show of bipartisan solidarity amounts to a rebuke of the White House after administration officials such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lobbied against the sanctions bill, particularly a provision that requires Congress to approve any move to waive the measures.
The bill now heads to the Senate before it can be sent to the White House for Trump to sign it into a law.
The US House of Representatives approved a bill that tightens unilateral US sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea on Tuesday.
There have been claims that Russian Federation attempted to sway the election in favor of Trump by hacking computers belonging to his rival's campaign and dumping potentially compromising information online.
Russia, Iran and North Korea and limit President Donald Trump's ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow.
On Thursday morning Trump's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci suggested he could veto the legislation.
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Stung by new American sanctions, Russia's Foreign Ministry says the us must downsize its diplomatic and technical staff in Moscow and other cities.
Putin himself lashed out at the U.S. sanctions effort on Thursday, warning that Russian Federation would ultimately have to retaliate.
Thursday's bill includes legislation that Donnelly co-led, the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, which passed the Senate in June on a 98-2 vote.
"This means that the total number of the staff engaged in USA diplomatic and consular establishments will be reduced to 455 people", it added, the TASS news agency reported.
Russian officials also slammed the United States sanctions, saying they are motivated by "absolutely imaginary allegations of Russian involvement in their internal matters".
If he opts for a veto, the bill can become law anyway if two-thirds of both the House and Senate vote for an override.
Earlier in the day, Corker said some senators had expressed reservations about the North Korea language, even as House negotiators insisted it had been part of the talks on the broader package. "It is impossible to endlessly endure impudence towards our country".
Former President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian estates at the end of December 2016 due to Russia's alleged interference.
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