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If Trump wants to reverse Russia sanctions, he'll get pushback from his own party

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All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions.
President Obama in a statement Thurdsay

Should President-elect Donald Trump want to reverse President Obama's retaliatory measures against Russia, he'll face some resistance from members of his own party.

On Thursday, the Obama administration took aim at Moscow for alleged interference in the 2016 election -- expelling 35 Russian diplomats and sanctioning organizations it believes played a role. 

If Trump wants to reverse Russia sanctions, he'll get pushback from his own party

Republicans at odds with Trump

When asked Wednesday about the White House's expected sanctions, the president-elect told reporters, "I think we ought to get on with our lives."


Trump has brushed off the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. 

In a statement Thursday evening Trump said: “It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation. 

While today's action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan: Sanctions are "appropriate" but "overdue" 

Trump could undo the sanctions once in office, but he'd face major pushback from Republican leaders in Congress and the hawkish wing of the GOP, who on Thursday, welcomed the president's news. 


We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham

John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Sanctions are a "small price to pay" 

The two senators have called on Trump to impose new, tougher sanctions once in office. They also want a special committee to investigate the Kremlin's activities.

Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Mitch McConnell: Sanctions are an "initial step"

The Senate majority leader supports allowing the Senate Intelligence Community investigate the matter, but has resisted calls for a special committee. 

Mitch McConnell Condemns Russian Interference In 2016 Election | TIME

Before Trump is sworn in, President Obama has asked his intelligence agencies conduct a full review of hacking into U.S. elections going back to 2008.


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