Russia tried to meddle in the United States presidential election, and Congress wants President Donald Trump to issue and uphold sanctions against them and, additionally but unrelated to that issue, Iran. The Senate voted 97-2 on a bill that would compel the president to punish the Russia despite any negotiations he has going with president Vladimir Putin.
Chris Salcedo said, “I agree with punishing Russia to the fullest extent they can possibly be punished,” on “The Chris Salcedo Show” today, including military reprisal for invading Ukraine in 2014 and ignoring the 1994 Budapest Memorandum that stripped Ukraine of its nuclear defenses.
Marc Short, White House Director of Legislative Affairs said, according to a report by Axios:
"We support the sanctions on Iran and Russia; however, this bill is so poorly written that neither Republican nor Democratic administrations would be comfortable with the current draft because it greatly hampers the executive branch's diplomatic efforts."
The White House has requested waivers so they can have some wiggle room in diplomatic negotiations with Putin. They believe a lack of flexibility might harm deals American businesses are forging with Russia. Although Chris was sympathetic to the Trump administration, he mostly sided with Congress.