United States senators to introduce tougher Russian Federation sanctions bill

Friday, 27 Jul, 2018

"That proposal is one that I think is generating a good amount of interest, and I think it's a pretty solid approach, really", said No. 3 Senate Republican John Thune.

America's domestic politics and Donald Trump's mercurial diplomacy are making America's policy towards Russian Federation disjointed.

During his public appearances with Putin in Helsinki, Trump suggested he believed the Russian president's denial that his intelligence officers interfered with the US election.

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", he wrote on Twitter.

The US President backed up his eyebrow-raising statement by insisting "no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me" and "they definitely don't want Trump!"

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, separately proclaimed that Putin would not be welcome in the U.S. Capitol if he accepted Trump's invitation to visit Washington this autumn.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used a campaign of propaganda and hacking to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election to aid Trump's candidacy, and that Moscow is working to meddle in the November congressional elections.

In the same paragraph, however, Reuters noted that Putin denied any Russian meddling in the United States elections, illustrating the freaky dichotomy of Putin's words suddenly being treated as gospel truth when they seem to agree with the U.S. intelligence narrative, but being treated as worthless otherwise.

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He appeared to misspeak again when asked by a White House reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. and its election system, replying: "Thank you very much, no".

The Foreign Relations Committee is planning additional hearings on the value of the NATO security alliance; the broad challenges facing U.S. -Russia policy; Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; as well as arms control issues, including allegations that Russian Federation violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"It's only productive if we understand who he is and what he wants", Rubio said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter that Trump's warning underscores how much Republicans and Democrats need to work together to fight foreign interference, since the tables can turn against either side.

Mr Trump has repeatedly spoken of the Russian president in glowing terms, congratulating him for his election victory against the advice of senior White House officials.

Trump appeared to back Putin's denials of any role in the effort during their meeting before reneging on his comments after he returned to Washington.