The Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that he and a bipartisan group of senators will try to block US President Trump from being able to singlehandedly weaken sanctions against Russia. This was reported by ABC News.
Schumer said Sunday that the bill, to be introduced this coming week, is in response to the possibility that the Trump administration could offer to lift sanctions against Russia in exchange for Russia's reducing its nuclear arms.
The New York senator said such an exchange would be misguided.
"For us to repeal sanctions, given what Russia has done in Ukraine and threatened the Baltics, and now they have clearly tried to intervene in our election - whether it had an effect or not - that is something, that’s a danger that we have never faced to this extent in American history.
“We repeal sanctions, it tells Russia, 'Go ahead and interfere in our elections and do bad things,' it tells China; it tells Iran. That would be terrible,” Schumer said.
The Democratic senator added that Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both of whom have been critical of some of Trump’s rhetoric on Russia, also support the bill.
Earlier it was reported that Trump’s Treasury pick supports Russia sanctions "100 percent". At the same time Steven Mnuchin said they could get revoked in a deal with Moscow.