Trump Today: President says Senate 'must come through' on Obamacare replacement

Posted July 16, 2017

Democrats have accused House Republicans of stalling the sanctions package because of Trump administration concern about provisions setting up a process for Congress to approve any effort by the president to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump on Friday ramped up pressure on the Senate to pass its Obamacare replacement, spoke with Saudi King Salman about the dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries and returned to the USA from Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron.

The previous bill called for imposing "sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for acts of global terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes". First, more Republican voters think the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer with Kremlin ties was appropriate than inappropriate, by a more than 2-1 margin (47 to 22 percent).

Congress is keen to take a stronger line against Russian Federation despite Trump pushing for a warmer relationship.

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Engel said House Republicans are also discussing other changes to the bill, which he says would complicate working with the Senate to clear the bill through both chambers, "It only plays into my fear that they are trying to throw everything in the kitchen sink at this bill to make it impossible to pass it", he said. "It's the latest delay tactic", said Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Tillerson had the ideal forum to voice concerns and objections when he testified before the Foreign Relations Committee on June 13, the morning after Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed on the Russian Federation sanctions legislation.

The White House has publicly endorsed the current sanctions regime against Russian Federation, and legislative affairs director Marc Short said this week that the administration supports the new penalties in the bipartisan Senate-passed bill. They said Kushner informed the president that he had met with a Russian foreign national, and that while he had to report the name, it would not cause a problem for the administration.

The leadership had initially stalled the vote claiming a technical incompatibility with the already-passed Senate version, but even after the Senate made the requested changes, they've shown no sign of moving, except for talking up the idea of adding North Korea.

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"I said, 'Did you do it?' And he said, 'No, I did not". What do the Russians have, politically, personally, or financially on Donald Trump that the American people should know?

The pair then read into Congressional record the email exchange between Trump Jr. But with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) a vocal impeachment advocate, standing behind her on Friday, Pelosi seemed to edge toward Waters' position. But lawmakers have been wary of the president's warm approach to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trump's reticence to endorse the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia was behind a series of hacks and disinformation campaigns to swing the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

"I would not have taken a meeting, for sure", said former senator and two-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who was on the Hill on Wednesday.

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