Tuesday, July 25, 2017

White House: Trump will sign the new bill that ties his hands on Russia sanctions

Makes sense if you read this post yesterday about the bill, although I’m still a little surprised to see Trump acquiesce. “Aides say the quickest way to get Trump to do something is to tell him he can’t,” wrote Mike Allen this morning about the uproar over potential Russiagate pardons. Well, Congress just told him “you can’t” with respect to unilaterally lifting Russia sanctions. Trump must be sorely tempted to stick it to them with a veto. But to what end? The House and Senate have the numbers needed to override his veto, guaranteeing that the bill will become law anyway while giving Trump a black eye. (John Thune, the number three Republican in the Senate, warned Trump in his own TV appearance this morning that a veto would be futile.) And even if they couldn’t override it, Trump would be spending political capital to defeat a bill that sought to punish … Russia. The last thing he needs is to give his critics new cause to call him a Putin stooge.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s spin on why Trump is giving in is interesting. She can’t tell the truth here — “he has no choice politically” — so she falls back on a process argument:
But on Sunday, Ms. Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” that necessary changes had been made to the legislation. “Look, the administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” she said. “The original piece of legislation was poorly written but we were able to work with the House and Senate. … And we support where the legislation is now.”
The group that’s been complaining most loudly lately that the original bill was “poorly written” is Democrats. --->
Read the rest from ALLAHPUNDIT HERE and follow a link to a related story below:

White House Agrees With Bill To Slap Sanctions On Russia, Limit Trump’s Authority To Remove Them

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