The White House has surrendered to public pressure on a political front.
An overwhelmingly bipartisan bill imposing new sanctions on Russia for their role in the hacking of the 2016 election and continuing subversion of the administration will not be vetoed by Trump.
This bill represents a need to rein in Trump from selling out the country to Putin. Early on, his administration had prepared a plan to lift the sanctions against Moscow, but it got scrapped after lawmakers disagreed with the premise. In order to lift any individual sanction, Trump must prepare a report detailing why it should be lifted. Congress then has 30 days to approve or deny the change in policy.
Putin and Trump met privately, in an “undisclosed” meeting at the G-20 summit. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility at this point that Putin could have severely damaging material that he could use on Trump. Christopher Steele certainly surmised as much and recent reports indicate that some members of the clan are in a world of debt.
Putin has sent messages to Trump before about certain Russian assets. It wouldn’t be out of the question for him to leak some damaging information in this particular situation, considering that this bill represents the exact opposite of what he wants.
I just wish that more Americans were aware of the danger that this situation might present before pulling the lever in the voting booth.