For reasons that only he can know, the now-dismissed communications director of the presidency hoped that the scandalous conversation he had with journalist Ryan Lizza will remain between them, even if he never said it was ‘off the record’.
Last Wednesday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved measures to toughen sanctions on Russia and Iran. Mixing two problems that are entirely independent of one another, now connected through these new sanctions against both countries.
A 97 to 2 vote, spotlighted Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as rogue Senators.
Bernie Sanders explained, “connecting Iran to the Russia sanctions is not an effective way of dealing with the Iranian issues,” while Sen. Rand Paul said “more sanctions on Russia is not going to help us deal with these problems”. The new sanctions are on their way to the White House, which will need a signature from Pres. Trump, in order to find its way to Moscow and on to the desk of Vladimir Putin.
The measures, attached to the sanctions, dealing with Iran looks to tighten their abilities to deviate from the previously negotiated agreements. The other side of the measure requires Congress the special abilities to review any changes, before being enacted, that Pres. Trump might have on loosening any sanctions against Russia. It also indicated that it was targeting the “corrupt Russian actors,” who engaged in hacking, confiscating state resources, and human rights abuses in Syria by supplying arms to the Assad regime.
Trump now will be forced to make a public statement to Mr. Putin, by signing or rejecting the new measures, aimed directly at the Kremlin.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as predictable, declined to comment or endorse the new measures stating, “constructive dialogue is what is needed”. Tillerson informed the House Foreign Affairs Committee, ” I would just urge Congress to ensure that any new legislation passed would allow, the magnificent and most powerful, Pres. Trump the flexibility that he needs in order to adjust any sanctions for whatever evolving diplomatic situation occurs or negotiations he may begin”.
Now the Robert Mueller is on the Trump chopping block, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan have been forced to take a positions on the matter. Without a backbone, it’s tough to find a leader in the republican party willing to take a stance, hence the “those are just rumor, no reality to them”, as the official positions of the Speaker of the House along the Majority Whip.
Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence committee to learn more about his forgetful nature when it came to his contacts with the Russians and their counterparts. Session seemed to forget about several previous meeting with the Russians, and has taken several months in explaining his amnesia on the situation.
Leader of the opposition party in Russia, Alexey Navalny, has been sentenced to a 30 day jail sentence for his successful protest across the powerful Russian nation. Vladimir Putins regime allows him to jail all those who oppose or openly speak about the corruption and distorted practices of keeping people in check. Alexey Navalny Is being blocked from running against Putin in the upcoming election, with pending charges of disruptive behavior.
Democrat Mike Quigley introduced “communications over various feeds electronically for engagement”, ensuring that trumps tweaks are included into the presidential records act. The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act (COVFEFE Act) is a bill introduced into the United States House of Representatives in 2017, during the 115th United States Congress.
President Trump formally announces his intent to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, prompting criticism from former and serving world leaders and the United Nations. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger resign from the president’s business advisory council in protest.
The House of Representatives majority approved Thursday the bill that aims to repeal and replace the current health law of former President Barack Obama, after long weeks of negotiation on the bench and two failed attempts to approve the text .