White House says Trump has yet to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill

White House says Trump has yet to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill

White House says Trump has yet to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill

President Donald Trump, whose election the Russians helped to engineer, is now confronted with the political necessity of signing a new sanctions bill that passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming majorities.

But once Congress passed additional sanctions against Russian Federation last week, Putin moved to slash American embassy staffing.

Tillerson also revealed that Trump told Lavrov when the two met in the Oval Office in May that "we need some good news" from Moscow.

Anchor Wolf Blitzer then asked Murphy if he believed the president is compromised on Russian Federation.

The shuttering of the two compounds marks just the beginning of Russia's punishment with the United States also being forced to slash hundreds of jobs at its diplomatic mission in the country by September 1.

As Congress negotiated the bill for weeks, Trump aides objected because of a provision that gives lawmakers 30 days to review and block any effort by the president to ease sanctions against Russian Federation.

At the United Nations, Russia has stood fast against new sanctions on the Syrian government and North Korea, even as it negotiated a partial Syrian cease-fire with the United States.

Reuters spoke to one staff member at the U.S. embassy and that person said the mood there is very pessimistic.

The embassy also rejected claims made by some Russian media that it had started rejecting travel visas for Russian applicants, ahead of massive staff cuts to its diplomatic staff imposed by Moscow.

In retaliation for the sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the USA diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 people. They met a day after the president had fired FBI Director James Comey over what Trump later said the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr. Putin has also said the government will seize two properties. "As of now, it "greatly exceeds" the number of Russia's embassy staff in the US". The White House has said he will sign the legislation. "We spoke about this to Russian officials and will do it tomorrow", US Embassy spokeswoman Maria Olson told RIA Novosti news agency on Monday, Xinhua reported.

A similar move was made by Russian Federation during the Cold War. That includes President Barack Obama's decision to close two Russian compounds and expel 35 diplomats because of Russia's interference in the election.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that Russia was suspending as of August 1 the U.S. Embassy use of all warehouses in Moscow and a compound in the Serebryany Bor park.

Retired United Kingdom Foreign Office official Jonathan Clarke told Sputnik that this response to the sanctions measure would certainly impact upon USA diplomatic operations in Moscow that had for so always been used to having as large a representation in the country as it wanted.

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