Trump may ne­go­ti­ate a tougher deal on Rus­sia

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump could veto pend­ing leg­is­la­tion that would slap new sanc­tions on Rus­sia in order to push for a tougher deal than the one wind­ing through Congress, a top White House aide said on Thurs­day.

“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,” White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci told CNN.

His com­ments came af­ter US law­mak­ers on Wed­nes­day reached an agree­ment that paves the way for the US Se­nate to pass a bill as soon as this week to im­pose new sanc­tions on Rus­sia and bar Trump from eas­ing sanc­tions on Moscow with­out con­gres­sional ap­proval.

Rus­sia has warned it could re­tal­i­ate against Wash­ing­ton, while the Euro­pean Union said the US move might af­fect its en­ergy se­cu­rity and prompt it to act, too.

The US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has al­ready ap­proved the sanc­tions. If the bill passes the Se­nate as ex­pected, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.

If Trump ve­tos it, how­ever, the mea­sure is ex­pected to gar­ner enough bi­par­ti­san sup­port to over­ride it.

Scara­mucci, who was ap­pointed on Fri­day, cast the pres­i­dent’s con­sid­er­a­tion of a pos­si­ble veto in light of his core sup­port­ers in an in­ter­view on CNN’s “New Day” pro­gram.

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