The White House Says There's No Need For New Russia Sanctions

Submitted by: littlemissqt 3 months ago in News & Politics


In a report from The Washington Post, the Trump administration has told Congress a law passed last year meant to punish Moscow for interfering in US elections is having an effect, even without new sanctions. So the Trump administration has told Congress it does not need to impose new Russia-related sanctions.

This is still the most slept on story to date. Congress voted 517 to 5 (419-3 in the House and 98-2 in the Senate) to impose additional sanctions on Russia and Trump basically said, 'I don’t care, we won't enforce them.'

Congress very rarely agrees with something to this extent but doesn’t matter to Trump.  
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Male 502
Executive order overides such an overwhelming congressional vote for sanctions???? I don't think that represents our checks and balances working right.
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Male 16,837
The legislature empowers the president, who has executive privilege.

That's why it is so important to influence who gets to become president.
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Male 5,676
He is scared the Russians will release the Pee tapes, of course he won't enforce sanctions.
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Male 2,061
From snopes:

In August 2017, CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) was passed and Trump signed it into law. This gives the Presidential Administrations, which Trump designated as the State Department, Treasury Department, and the Director of National Intelligence, to enforce sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran.

Essentially, Trump has been enforcing sanctions against Iran and North Korea, but is arguing that the very existence of CAATSA is enough to deter Russia without actually enforcing sanctions. Of course, the CIA director has stated that Russia's activity hasn't abated, just like it didn't abate in 2016, and he fully expects Russia to do the same kinds of things thing this year that they did in 2016.
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Male 8,986
So it's in the Presidental Power to not enforce the law passed by Congress?  OKAY!  I'm sure our Conservative brethren will be consistent and non partisan and condemn Trump like they did that Socialist Obama!
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Male 2,061
normalfreak2 Actually, yes. That's a separations of power issue. Conservatives complained about it when Obama did it, and when liberal judges strike down unconstitutional laws, but this is why checks and balances work. When the different branches of government disagree, the status quo is maintained. In this case, the status quo is that Russia will continue to interfere with our elections.
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