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The White House said Trump is open to signing Russia sanctions bill


The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump is open to supporting tougher sanctions on Russia one day after legislators announced an agreement on a bill, Reuters reported.

"We support where the legislation is now and will continue working with the House and Senate to put those tough sanctions in place on Russia until the situation in Ukraine is fully resolved and it certainly isn't right now," new White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interview on "This week with George Stephanopoulos."

According to a White House official, the Trump administration changed their view on the bill after some changes were made, like sanctions on North Korea, Reuters reported, but will not give full support until the bill is finalized.

"The administration supports sanctions on Russia and Iran and supports the direction the bill is headed, but won't weigh in conclusively until there is a final piece of legislation and no more changes are being made," the White House official said, according to CNN.

The White House's announcement comes after lawmakers rejected Trump administration officials' push for a change to the provision that allows Congress to block the executive branch from easing sanctions on Russia, CNN reported.

Communications director Anthony Scaramucci had signaled a decision from the White House would be made soon during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," earlier in the day.

The bipartisan bill seeks to punish Russia for annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and meddling in the 2016 presidential election. A vote is expected on the bill in the House on Tuesday.

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