Trump “looking into” Russian sanctions

During a press briefing aboard Air Force One earlier this week, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said President Trump may be looking into the U.S. sanctions against Russia.

After allegations were made that Russian “bad actors” tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, former President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions against Russia and ejected dozens of Russian agents from the U.S. When asked about President Trump’s position regarding the sanctions, Cohn told reporters, “Right now, we don’t have a position.” But Cohn did say he thought the president was “looking at it.”

Cohn said Russian sanctions came up during Trump’s meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, and that the topic would likely be on the table for discussion at the Group of Seven (G7) summit as well.

Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) wants approval for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which he’s the top Republican, to look into tougher sanctions on Russia. Reportedly, secretary of state Rex Tillerson asked for time to demonstrate to Corker that relations between the U.S. and Russia were improving.

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