i think it’ll take more than shooters to get rid of this congress, it’ll take high explosives, quite a lot of them

Trump Cornered: White House Pushing To Weaken Russia Sanctions Bill
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 17 2017

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After the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to implement new sanctions against Russia over “interference in the 2016 elections” and curbs Trump’s power to ease penalties against Moscow in the future, without consultations with Pindo vassals in Europe, Trump has found himself cornered in what appears to be a lose-lose position. On one hand, the bill prompted an unexpectedly angry response by Germany and Austria, both of whom who have invested hundreds of millions in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would pump Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea, and who said the bill is trying to help Pindo LNG suppliers at the expense of their Russian rivals. On Friday, Germany the bill “must not happen.” German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries went so far as to say that Berlin would have to think about counter-measures if Trump, or the House, backed the plan:

If he does, we’ll have to consider what we are going to do against it.

But any attempt by Trump to prevent the bill from passing would be immediately seen as a further attempt by Trump to cede ground to his “Russian spymasters” and immediately spun by the “objective” press as confirmation of leverage the Kremlin has over the him. In other words, the necessity of ratifying the new Russian sanctions (or not) will force Trump into a position of choosing between an escalation of domestic attacks over his “allegiance” to Russia, or burning even more bridges with Euro vassals as once were, who have warned Pindostan not to proceed with the sanctions. On Saturday, such stories appeared as this:

The White House is expected to push House Republicans to change the Senate’s Russia sanctions bill to make it more friendly to Russia.

According to Politico, a senior admin boxtop said that the White House is concerned that the bill will hurt Pindo-Russian relations, and the administration is hoping to work with Republicans in the House to soften the bill. Demagog Sen Sherrod Brown told Politico that he has heard the Trump administration is asking House members to “slow and block” the legislation. Brown said of the stronger sanctions:

This is not something the administration is calling for us to do. I applaud the courage of a number of my Thug colleagues who said no to the administration and did the right thing for the country to keep a foreign power out of our elections.

Other democrats similarly chimed in. Sen Tim Kaine said in an interview:

I’m concerned about it, but I don’t really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House. I can’t imagine the House would want to be apologists for Russian behavior after the combined weight of the intelligence communities all weighing in saying, ‘Look, they attacked Pindostan!’

Rep Krysten Sinema responded to the report in a tweet Saturday:

Meanwhile, Tillerson appeared to express concern about the bill this week in a House Foreign Affairs hearing, saying:

I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions.

Of course, Tillerson too is in the media’s “pro-Russia” cross hairs, due to his friendly relationship with Putin during his tenure as Exxon CEO, and he knows it. Should he try too hard to retain an equable level of relations with Russia, and Europe, then a “Tillerson dossier” may just emerge next. According to Politico, it’s so far unclear how the House Thugs would receive any White House “entreaties to restore some of Trump’s power over sanctions that the Senate voted to claw back. House Republicans have started to review the Senate-passed bill and are likely to take it up in the coming weeks, according to an aide.” The Politico article does not mention a key part of the story, namely the broad European outcry at the Senate’s bill, a “minor detail” which has broad implications for Pindosi foreign policy and which could quickly spill over into domestic politics. After all, should Europe burn its bridges with Pindostan and “retaliate” this time over an act of Senate which the White House was against, it will be used by the press to exhibit how clueless Trump’s foreign policy is, even though the president was effectively entrapped by both parties in the Senate into the current situation. And should Trump veto the vote, he will never hear the end of it. A lose-lose situation. Meanwhile, on Saturday, RIA reported that Putin confirmed that the new sanctions under consideration would damage relations between the two countries, but it was too early to talk about retaliation. RIA quoted him as saying:

I need to see how the situation with sanctions evolves. That is why it is premature to speak publicly about our retaliatory actions.

Putin said according to Reuters :

This will indeed complicate Russia-Pindostan relations. I think this is harmful.

Putin also said that Russia would be forced to make changes because of the sanctions, but that they wouldn’t lead to a “collapse.” Putin previously dismissed the proposed sanctions, saying they reflected an internal political struggle in Pindostan and that Faschingstein had always used such methods as a means of trying to contain Russia. Which, ironically, was a far more calm response than the one offered by Pindo vassals as once were such as Germany, which have made it clear in no uncertain terms that should the bill in its current format pass, they will retaliate.

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