The House of Representatives Tuesday voted to advance strong financial sanctions against Russian adversaries as well as to limit president Trump’s ability to interfere in those sections.
According to the Washington Post: “Included in the package are new measures targeting key Russian officials in retaliation for that country’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, as well as sanctions against Iran and North Korea in response to those nations’ weapons programs.”
North Korea is potentially capable of crossing the intercontinental ballistic missile threshold within the next year after having allegedly launched a missile that could reach Alaska.
The vote Tuesday came in the wake of Jared Kushner’s closed-door testimony on his meetings with Russian officials during his father-in-law’s campaign. it also comes as President Trump seemingly intensifies his attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions which began with a New York Times interview where Trump stated that he would not have appointed sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
The money in the Republican Party continue to offer excuses about President Trump or out-right support him, the Russian sanctions passing with overwhelming support show the true feelings in Congress about Russian interference in the 2016 election. The fact that they have also passed this bill with the contingency that the president cannot unilaterally interfere with it also seems to show that there is at least an amount of believe that he would attempt to do so.
Reports have been made throughout Donald Trump’s six-month presidency, the most unpopular in recent American history, that many on capitol Hill do not support Trump privately as much as they do so publicly. A prime example of this also emerged Tuesday when Senator Susan Collins, who has also been a strong opponent of the senates efforts to repeal and replace Obama care, was caught on a hot mic after a Senate subcommittee hearing. Collins and fellow senator Jack Reed first discuss representative Blake Farenthold, who recently said he wished he could challenge the women in Congress to an old-fashioned duel.
“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” Collins can be heard asking Reed.
Reed responds: “You know why he challenged you to a duel? Because he knows you could beat the shit out of him.”
He and Collins share a giggle, with Collins going on to say that Farenthold is “so unattractive it’s unbelievable.”
They then show what some could consider party disloyalty but what many find on surprising in criticizing President Trump. When discussing budgetary matters Collins and Reed criticized the Trump administration, with Collins calling it irresponsible and Reed seemingly calling trump “crazy.”
Collins added “I’m worried.”
Politics editor for The Daily Beast, Sam Stein tweeted: “Not an uncommon viewpoint from other GOP lawmakers, when speaking in private.”
Don’t trumps new communications director known as the mooch has said that Trump may not sign off on the Russian sanctions and Trump’s Administration has allegedly been lobbying against the limitation of Trump’s presidential power, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that Trump would probably support the measure. Not doing so would look bad for a president facing a daily deluge of accusations that his campaign and allies colluded with the Russian government to win him the presidency; additionally with the bills almost 100% support in both houses of Congress, it would do little good for him to try to use his executive authority to undo it.