The last blog posted at this site (“What’s next”; July 22, 2017) offered the prediction that Trump would “gin up some rationale” for returning to Russia, two of their compounds that President Obama had seized in retaliation for meddling in our 2016 election. Thankfully, it can now be reported that this simply isn’t going to happen!
Congress is poised to pass a new set of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Included in this act is the provision that 45 must come back to the legislature and seek permission for the removal of these new as well as old sanctions that have been placed upon the same three countries.
The bill passed out of the Senate by a veto-proof vote of 97 – 2. The House leadership has promised that it will pass that chamber with a strong, bipartisan vote. It is only a matter of time before that happens.
What this new legislation signals quite loudly is that the Congress just doesn’t trust 45 especially with respect to his dealings with Putin and Russia.