Senate jabs Trump in unanimous vote on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Jun 20, 2017, 00:55
Senate jabs Trump in unanimous vote on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Thursday new sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate, blaming them on domestic political battles in the U.S.

"Without passage of Amendment #250, we lose a tremendous portion of our access to space", said Sen.

Obama's former secretary of state, John Kerry, had raised that prospect on the eve of the Foreign Relations Committee's vote on the bill last month.

The sanctions follow the scandalous departure of Michael Flynn as Trump's national security advisor.

It also applies terrorism-related sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and re-enforces aspects of the arms embargo on Iran.

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"The president can't remove a sanction until he's given Congress notice and an opportunity to review", Cardin said. During that process, the sanctions will remain in place unless the Congress votes in agreement with the President.

It would make congressional approval necessary if Trump seeks to suspend or ease sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its apparent cyberattacks during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

It's not clear how the pitch would be received by House Republicans, but Politico added the administration official says the White House is "confident it has allies in the House" who do not like limiting the president's powers.

The existing restrictions were put in place by President Barack Obama after Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014.

"We must take our own side in this fight, not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Americans", McCain said.

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Under President Obama, top White House officials warned that sanctions would be risky to the legitimacy of the nuclear deal signed with Iran.

During the hearing Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson urged senators to oppose the measure so that Trump and his administration would have "the flexibility to turn the heat up" if necessary.

The Senate bill imposes mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Lawmakers of both parties stressed the measures in no way target Iran's nuclear program or the landmark global nuclear accord with Tehran.

The Senate-passed sanctions bill also converts existing penalties against Moscow into law, potentially making them more hard to remove, and prevents the Trump administration from returning two Russian diplomatic compounds seized in December by the Obama administration as punishment for alleged electoral disruption. "This bill is the first time Congress has come together since the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal, to do just that", Corker added.

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