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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 02:55 PM

White House plans to push House GOP for friendlier Russia sanctions deal

Source: Politico



Senate Democrats fear that the White House will defang the bill designed to punish Russia for election meddling.

By ELANA SCHOR and MATTHEW NUSSBAUM 06/17/2017 07:33 AM EDT

The White House plans to work with House Republicans on administration-friendly changes to the Senate’s overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that slaps new sanctions on Russia and curbs President Donald Trump’s power to ease penalties against Moscow, according to a senior administration official.

The White House is concerned that the legislation would tie its hands on U.S.-Russia relations, a sentiment publicly expressed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But Senate Democrats fear the White House may go overboard in preserving its power to talk to Russia and seek to defang the sanctions bill — which passed 98-2 on Thursday in one of the year’s most significant displays of bipartisanship.

“I’m concerned about it, but I don’t really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said in an interview. “I can’t imagine the House would want to be apologists for Russian behavior after the combined weight of the intelligence communities all weighing in saying, ‘Look, they attacked the United States’.”

The administration official emphasized that the White House supports sanctions on Russia and that the political ramifications of any veto have not been discussed yet. As the State Department actively engages with lawmakers, the White House is confident it has allies in the House who are also concerned about the prospect of breaking with precedent and limiting the executive branch’s control over sanctions.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/17/trump-white-house-russia-sanctions-deal-239636?cmpid=sf

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Reply White House plans to push House GOP for friendlier Russia sanctions deal (Original post)
DonViejo Saturday OP
flibbitygiblets Saturday #1
beachbum bob Saturday #2
OnDoutside Saturday #3
beachbum bob Saturday #5
OnDoutside Saturday #12
beachbum bob Saturday #13
OnDoutside Saturday #14
janx Saturday #4
beachbum bob Saturday #6
janx Saturday #7
beachbum bob Saturday #9
underpants Saturday #8
janx Saturday #10
Bernardo de La Paz Saturday #11
Gothmog Saturday #15
FormerOstrich Monday #16

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:01 PM

1. Oh FFS seriously? Vlad: "Remember, vee have pee-pee tape"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:03 PM

2. Be interesting to watch some conservatives supporting Putin...

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:07 PM

3. Exactly. I hope they do, in which case, 2018 ads should be cool.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:25 PM

5. The democratic onslaught should begin now with a unified attack

On trump and tying all GOPers to trump and Putin. Educate the American people what the Russians sanctions are and how much money is at stake for Exxon, Goldman Sachs and trump/inner circle....

We need gloves off attacks...

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:20 PM

12. Completely agree, they should be painting a picture to the public, of what it will mean for them.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:24 PM

13. We need liberal versions of the Koch bros and PACs funding the

Onslaught

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:34 PM

14. Absolutely. Didn't President Obama meet with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates after he left office ?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:24 PM

4. The Senate won't have it. Relatively speaking, they're too smart and too bipartisan.

What a blatant attempt, though! My god.

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Response to janx (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:26 PM

6. Don't underestimate the power of corruption

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:29 PM

7. Good point. Yet only two senators voted against the recent sanctions bill.

I hope someone will notice/track any changes that may result.

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Response to janx (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:35 PM

9. Backroom stuff gonna happen, $2 trillion bucks at stake

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Response to janx (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:31 PM

8. Yeah in the current atmosphere especially - very blatant

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 03:40 PM

10. Yes. Can you imagine what this will look like historically

if Trump campaign collusion is found?! The White House keeps pushing for Russia, pushing it, pushing it. Sessions even mentioned softening our relationship with Russia recently in his recent testimony.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 04:00 PM

11. It's NOT a deal and Republican Trump is NOT a deal MAKER.


David Frum tweet:  ‏ "Regular reminder that Donald Trump’s core competency is not dealmaking with powerful counter-parties. It is duping gullible victims."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 05:06 PM

15. Trump has to keep his boss, Putin, happy

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:21 AM

16. Won't stand idly? No, he will probably sit shouting loudly over Twitter



A senior Trump administration official told Politico Saturday that the White House will not stand idly by and allow power to be taken away from the president. If the bill passes the House it would mean that President Donald Trump would have to get congressional approval for any roll back of the sanctions regime against Russia.

Apparently Trump does really believe laws do not apply to him!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-putin-criticize-russia-sanctions-bill/ar-BBCQaeB

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