Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that he and a bipartisan group of senators were going to take steps to prevent President Trump from being able to single-handed weaken U.S. sanctions on Russia.
Schumer said Sunday on ABC News that the bill to be introduced this coming week is in response to the possibility that the Trump administration could offer to lift sanctions against Russia in exchange for Russia’s reducing its nuclear arms.
The New York senator said such an exchange would be misguided.
“For us to repeal sanctions, given what Russia has done in Ukraine and threatened the Baltics, and now they have clearly tried to intervene in our election — whether it had an effect or not – that is something, that’s a danger that we have never faced to this extent in American history.
“We repeal sanctions, it tells Russia, ‘Go ahead and interfere in our elections and do bad things’, it tells China, it tells Iran. That would be terrible,” Schumer said.
The Democratic senator added that Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both of whom have been vocal critics of some of Trump’s rhetoric on Russia, support the bill.
Earlier, U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump said he was ready to lift certain sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin agrees to cut nuclear weapons.