US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced that the steps ordered by Congress for sanctions against Russia will be imposed in coming weeks.
In testimony before a House subcommittee on Tuesday, Mnuchin pushed back against the idea that US President Donald Trump is trying to block the sanctions in response to Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, saying Trump is “fully supportive.”
“We will implement them,” Mnuchin said. “I expect in next several weeks we’ll be going forward with sanctions on Russia.”
Trump has come under from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, which nearly unanimously passed a new sanctions bill against Russia last summer, for not punishing Russia enough.
The Trump administration announced in January it was not going to announce sanctions against Russia under the new law.
Mnuchin assured the legislators that “in recent conversations with the president he is fully supportive of…