Trump set to ap­prove Rus­sia sanc­tions bill

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US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump plans to sign leg­is­la­tion slap­ping new puni­tive sanc­tions on Rus­sia over elec­tion med­dling, the White House said, ef­fec­tively end­ing hopes for a fresh start with Mos­cow.

Trump op­posed the leg­is­la­tion as an in­fringe­ment on ex­ec­u­tive power, but faced the cer­tainty of an em­bar­rass­ing con­gres­sional over­ride if he ve­toed it. The an­nounce­ment came hours af­ter the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it would seize US diplo­matic prop­er­ties and eject a large num­ber of US diplo­mats.

The move sig­nalled a loss of pa­tience by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­abil­ity to change the trou­bled re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two pow­ers, which is at its low­est ebb since the end of the Cold War. The Wash­ing­ton Post

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