"I think we struck a very good balance".
The White House will reach out to House Republicans to bring changes favored by the Trump administration to legislation approved by the Senate this week that places tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, according to news reports Saturday. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the Senate bill's cosponsors, told reporters on Wednesday that the White House was already lobbying against the measure, Business Insider reported. "Pretty good rate of return". Sanders insisted his concern was that the new sanctions against Iran would imperil the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran.
Maryland senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told TWS that the White House might express some reservations about the bill, but he expected them to support it. These latest sanctions are in retaliation for Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. Rouhani is a political moderate who defeated a hard-line opponent. It was noted, "the amendment of the Russian Federation will be attached to the pending bill on sanctions against Iran".
It also applies terrorism-related sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and re-enforces aspects of the arms embargo on Iran.
Yet Trump hasn't sought to rebuke Moscow.
The measure calls for strengthening current sanctions and imposing new ones on a broad range of people, including Russians engaged in corruption, individuals responsible for human rights abuses and anyone supplying weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The sanctions targeted Russian energy products as well as "mining, metals, shipping and railways and".
Earlier this month, Yahoo News reported that the Trump administration secretly tried to eliminate Russia's economic sanctions.
The penalties have been criticized by Austria and Germany for promoting US economic interests.
Also included for the first time are discretionary measures the Trump administration could impose on investments by companies in Western countries on Russian Federation energy export pipelines to Europe. They blocked USA companies such as Exxon Mobil, where Tillerson was chairman, from investing in such projects.
Whether Trump wanted to actually lift Russian sanctions is a matter of dispute.
The Senate approved the bill 98-2, with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voting against the measure.