Unlike a year ago, when Congress worked with lightning speed on a sanctions law targeting Russia, North Korea and Iran, some lawmakers said on Tuesday the Senate and House of Representatives were carefully weighing their response to growing fears that Moscow is plotting to interfere in November's congressional elections.
The US President backed up his eyebrow-raising statement by insisting "no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me" and "they definitely don't want Trump!"
Senators have made clear they want details of what, if anything, Trump and Putin agreed to during that meeting, as well as any commitments made by the two sides in the subsequent meeting between the leaders and their top aides. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Helsinki last week that he supported Trump in 2016 because of Trump's conciliatory outlook toward Russia.
CAATSA waiver though general in nature is intended at preventing United States sanctions on India, which is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf air defence systems for around Dollars 4.5 billion from Russian Federation.
But the U.S. Congress reached an agreement this week laying out conditions under which Trump can seek a waiver for allies.
The president made that assertion in a tweet that ignored the evidence presented by his own intelligence services that Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 election in his behalf.
Trump also said he didn't see any reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the election - even after Putin said he favored a Trump victory as a way to improve relations between the two countries.
President Donald Trump give the thumbs-up as he and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
The senators added that legislation will include the establishment of a National Center to Respond to Russian Threats. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", the president said last Monday. "I let him know we can't have this", said Mr Trump. "He's been doing a very good job". "I want to make that perfectly clear. It better not be". "This legislation will help to secure our elections, the cornerstone of our democracy, by swiftly imposing harsh sanctions" if Russian Federation again attempts "to influence or undermine faith in our electoral process".
"The exemption provides flexibility for strategic partners and allies to move away from the use of Russian military equipment to American equipment, while ensuring that U.S. defence and security interests remain protected", the USISPF said. Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement Tuesday as Congress struggles to respond to Trump's shifting views on Russian interference in US elections.
Nisha Biswal, president of the U.S. -India Business Council (USIBC), said the U.S. move would help protect its strategic relationship with India.