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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. Trump and Putin met for more than two hours. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Senate passed a bill to sanction Russia. Will Trump sign it?


The Senate passed a bill to further sanction Russia on Wednesday night that will now go to President Trump's desk, setting up a showdown with the White House over relations with Moscow.

Senators voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, 98-2, which could give Congress the authority to block Trump from lifting the sanctions on Russia.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted against the bill, which also places new sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

Sanders said he supports sanctioning Russia and North Korea, but worried sanctioning Iran could endanger the nuclear agreement.

Senators agreed to break from their marathon debate over health care to vote on the sanctions bill, demonstrating the bill's strong bipartisan support.

Hours earlier White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN that Trump "may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians."

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