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The White House said Trump will sign a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia


President Donald Trump intends to sign a bill that imposes stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday.

The Senate passed the bill, 98-2, two days after the House pushed the measure through by an overwhelming margin, 419-3.

The White House announcement comes hours after Russia took its first steps to retaliate against the sanctions for Moscow’s suspected meddling in the 2016 election, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia by September and closing the U.S. Embassy’s recreation retreat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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