Russia sanctions heads to Trump’s desk after Senate approval, putting him in a bind

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The Senate put their stamp of approval Thursday on a sweeping sanctions bill that will now go straight to the desk of Donald Trump. The New York Times writes:

The Senate vote, 98-2, followed the passage of a House bill earlier this week to punish Russia, Iran and North Korea for various violations by each of the three American adversaries. In effect, it would sharply limit the president’s ability to suspend or lift sanctions on Russia, and won near unanimous support across the Republican-led Congress. […] Now the president will face a decision he had hoped to avoid as the legislation slowly churned through Congress.

White House aides have acknowledged privately that a veto would be politically awkward — at the least — for Mr. Trump to justify during the continuing investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday the White House would “wait and see” what the final bill looked like but never actually promised Trump would sign it. Well, it’s all there now. Will Trump put his name on bill that essentially confirms the intelligence estimate that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump? That will be a real existential dilemma for the narcissist in chief.

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