FOLLOWING INAUGURATION, TRUMP ATTEMPTED TO IMMEDIATELY RESCIND SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

In a secret but failed attempt, President Donald Trump reportedly sought to immediately normalize U.S. relations with Russia in the early days of his administration.

Following the 2016 election, former President Obama issued additional sanctions against Russia for its role in interfering in the most recent presidential election.

After President Trump was inaugurated, the Trump administration immediately sought to rescind President’s Obama’s sanctions and normalize relations with Russia. President Trump also looked to returning U.S. based spying compounds back to the Russia along with other measures that favored the Kremlin.

Former Obama administration officials and State Dept. staffers fought off these efforts, however.

“There was a serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy told Yahoo News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff.

These moves by the new Trump administration so alarmed Mr. Fried, that he contacted Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Fried suggested to Sen. Cardin that Congress codify President Obama’s anti-Russia sanction regime into law. If Congress were to do this, then President Trump could not unilaterally rescind them according to U.S. law.

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