Trump's Foreign Policy Is Jeopardized After Senate Approves Sanctions Against Russia

Trump's Foreign Policy Is Jeopardized After Senate Approves Sanctions Against Russia

On Thursday, the erstwhile Trump-Putin romance hit a new low when the U.S. Senate joined the House in approving a new set of economic sanctions on Russian Federation, passing the measure with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority that essentially guarantees that Trump will sign the bill whenever it lands on his desk, despite the White House's protestations that the president needs more flexibility to "pursue a more collaborative diplomacy" with Russian Federation.

Before leaving office, Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds, in retaliation for Russian meddling in the United States election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that if the bill on new USA sanctions against Russia is adopted, that would constituted "special cynicism".

In response to the House vote, Putin accused U.S. lawmakers of insolence and said Russian Federation would respond if the U.S. Senate also approves the legislation and President Donald Trump signs it into law. If the bill obtains enough bipartisan support among lawmakers, however, Congress would be able to override a veto.

After sanctions were approved this week by a 419-3 vote in the House, the Senate quickly followed suit.

Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to conclusions by USA intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the election. The president denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Putin said on a visit to Finland on Thursday that Russian Federation was "exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".

Mr Putin said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.

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The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. Communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN there's a chance Trump could veto it.

Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the USA economy".

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", he said.

Once Trump receives the bill, if he does not sign it, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, before he must issue a veto and prevent the bill from becoming law automatically. Ryabkov went onto say that the economic sanctions would put the already tenuous relationship between the US and Russian Federation into "uncharted territory in a political and diplomatic sense" and promised swift retaliation.

House and Senate leaders arrived at an agreement on the bill on Thursday, meaning it will likely be taken up by the Senate before their August recess.

"We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way، but at some moment we will need to respond،" Putin said، adding، "When the response will be and what it will be - that we will see". "It is impossible to put up forever with this boorishness toward our country".

"Because this is an obvious attempt to use geopolitical advantages in competition to pursue its economic interests at the expense of its allies", Putin said, apparently referring to the EU's concerns over the newly proposed U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation.

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