Huckabee Sanders: Trump Supports Sanctions Bill, Wants to Be ‘Tough’ on Russia


It was reported this weekend that Congress has now reached a deal on a Russian sanctions bill and that it will head to the desk of President Donald Trump. The bill would not only impose new sanctions against Russia over its meddling in last year’s election but would also limit POTUS’s power to get rid of the sanctions.

There have been concerns among lawmakers that the president may choose to veto the bill as it was earlier reported that the administration was trying to stall the bill in the House as the White House opposed the sanctions, stating that they would hurt the president’s diplomatic options with Russia.

However, per new White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it appears that Trump is willing to sign the legislation when it arrives.

“This administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” Huckabee Sanders stated on ABC’s This Week.

She added, “The original piece of legislation was poorly written, but we were able to work with the House and Senate, and the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary, and we support where the legislation is now.”

The press secretary also noted that they would continue to work with Congress to place severe sanctions on Russia “until the situation with Ukraine is resolved.” She did not mention anything about these new sanctions being put in place to punish Russia over election interference.

Huckabee Sanders and her new boss, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, did not appear to be on the same page this morning. While the press secretary was saying Trump would sign the bill, Scaramucci hedged on the question when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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