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WH Spox Backtracks, Says Trump Still Looking Over Russia Sanctions Bill

28 Juillet 2017

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill meant to enforce more strict sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limit President Trump's ability to ease those sanctions.

"Overwhelmingly, we say Russia's behavior is unacceptable in many, many ways".

Russian Federation has prepared "economic and political measures that will be adopted if the senate and Trump support the bill", said Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the global affairs committee in the upper house, the RIA Novosti news service reported.

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and House Foreign Affairs chairman Ed Royce put up stiff opposition to removing the provisions.

However, press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters: "The White House, the president, and the entire administration strongly support sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea".

The Trump administration has tried to weaken the bill, but failed in its attempts to do so.

The package includes sanctions that passed the House in May to choke off money flows to North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

It is expected to be passed by the Senate, after which US President Donald Trump will face the tricky choice of whether to veto the legislation.

Members backed the measure by a margin of 419-3, with support from both Republicans and Democrats.

"Legislation that passed the House today will heighten sanctions against individuals from Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation who are involved in these destabilizing and hostile actions". A spokesman for John Cornyn, the no. 2 Republican, said on Tuesday there had been no decision on when the Senate might begin to consider the House bill.

"In addition to Russian Federation sanction, Rep. Budd's bill to establish a comprehensive strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance was also included in the sanction bill".

Putin noted the sanctions against Russian Federation are illegal from the point of view of worldwide law and World Trade Organization norms.

The U.S. Bill was the result of a congressional compromise aimed at punishing the Kremlin for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and intervening in Ukraine.

WH Spox Backtracks, Says Trump Still Looking Over Russia Sanctions Bill