Trump refuses to comply with bipartisan approved Russia sanctions- What does Putin have on him?

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Last year, Congress almost unanimously supported new sanctions on Russia following allegations of meddling in U.S. elections. Today, those sanctions were due to be implemented.

The new sanctions were supposed to include a list of companies that were doing business with blacklisted Russian companies. Those companies would be sanctioned for doing so.

Trump had already expressed that he was not happy with the idea of new sanctions. He called the bipartisan legislation ‘seriously flawed.” Due to the overwhelming support in Congress, a veto would have been overridden so Trump declined to do so.

Today, the administration informed Congress that they would not be implementing the new sanctions.

A State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, submitted a message to Congress reflecting the President’s position.

“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” said the spokeswoman. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

“Given the long timeframes generally associated with major defense deals, the results of this effort are only beginning to become apparent,” Nauert said. “From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent.”

Elana Schor, a congressional reporter for Politico, obtained the message that was sent to Congress.

At this time, it’s unclear how Congress will react to the White House refusing to cooperate.

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Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.

Many, including Scott Dworkin, believe this move should be considered treason.

Others, such as Evan McMullin, are pointing out that Trump remains subservient to Putin.

The most common question remains- what does Putin have on Trump?


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