WHITE HOUSE IN­DI­CATES TRUMP WOULD SIGN BILL

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Lard­ner

A Rus­sian sanc­tions mea­sure re­quires the pres­i­dent to get Congress’ per­mis­sion be­fore lift­ing or eas­ing the eco­nomic penal­ties against Moscow.

WASHINGTON» The White House in­di­cated Sun­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump would sign a sweep­ing Rus­sia sanc­tions mea­sure, which the House could take up this week, that re­quires him to get Congress’ per­mis­sion be­fore lift­ing or eas­ing the eco­nomic penal­ties against Moscow.

Law­mak­ers are sched­uled to con­sider the sanc­tions pack­age as early as Tues­day, and the bill could be sent to Trump be­fore Congress breaks for the Au­gust re­cess. The leg­is­la­tion is aimed at pun­ish­ing Moscow for med­dling in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion in Ukraine and Syria.

Sarah Huck­abee San­ders, the newly ap- pointed White House press sec­re­tary, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports be­ing tough on Rus­sia and “par­tic­u­larly putting these sanc­tions in place.”

“We sup­port where the leg­is­la­tion is now and will con­tinue to work with the House and Se­nate to put those tough sanc­tions in place on Rus­sia un­til the sit­u­a­tion in Ukraine is fully re­solved,” San­ders said.

Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Democrats an­nounced Satur­day that they’d set­tled lin­ger­ing is­sues with the bill, which also in­cludes stiff eco­nomic penal­ties against Iran and North Korea. The sanc­tions tar­get­ing Rus­sia, how­ever, have drawn the most at­ten­tion be­cause of Trump’s per­sis­tent push for warmer re­la­tions with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 cam­paign.

The White House had ob­jected to a key sec­tion of the bill that would man­date a con­gres­sional re­view if Trump at­tempts to ter­mi­nate the sanc­tions against Moscow. Top ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said the pro­vi­sions in­fringed on the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity and tied his hands as he ex­plores av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two for­mer Cold War foes. But San­ders said the White House was able to work with the House and Se­nate to “make those changes that were nec­es­sary.” She didn’t spec­ify what those changes were.

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