President Trump now has to deal with being rebuked by his own party. More than 130 House GOP joined with their Democratic colleagues on Thursday to vote against a Treasury Department plan to release sanctions against companies controlled by a friend of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The House voted 362 to 53 in their disapproval of plans to lift the sanctions against the companies controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
The vote does not necessarily stop the administration from easing sanctions on the three companies connected to Deripaska. What it does is reveal that a majority of Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill oppose Trump’s efforts to make it easy on Deripaska.
The no-vote came despite a last-minute plea by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to support his department’s plan which had the support of the Trump team despite Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
The Treasury Department wants to ease the sanctions the United States put on Deripaska’s companies, including a major aluminum producer, last year but keep sanctions against Deripaska intact. This move was justified by the White House administration because of Deripaska’s agreement to reduce his ownership of the companies to below 50 percent. This reduced role would protect the companies “from the controlling influence of a Kremlin insider,” the Treasury Department claimed.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx, Westchester) called that a fantasy.
“With the threat that Russia poses to the United States, to our friends and allies, to democracy around the world, Congress cannot just look the other way when the administration rushes a decision like this,” he said on the House floor.
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Credit: NY Post