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Pelosi urges expansion of U.S. sanctions against Russia

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 3, 2020
The United States should restore sanctions against Russian intelligence and defense sectors, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday after being briefed by top intelligence officials on the Russian-Taliban bounty intelligence.
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker   Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi said at a press briefing that the White House had previously asked the Congress to "take out the sanctions on Russia that pertained to the intelligence and the defense sectors, the very sector that is accused of possible threats on our men and women in uniform."

Topics: U.S. Russia

"We must restore those sanctions and we must act upon them," she added.

Pelosi also criticized President Donald Trump's handling of U.S.-Russia relations.

"This is at the same time as the White House was aware of this threat to security of our men and women in uniform, the President was still flirting with the idea of having Russia be part of the G8 in total opposition to the wishes of the other members of the G8."

CIA Director Gina Haspel earlier in the day briefed a group of senior lawmakers from both parties, known as "Gang of Eight," on the Russian-Taliban bounty intelligence.

In a joint statement following the classified briefing, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested "our Armed Forces would be better served if President Trump spent more time reading his daily briefing and less time planning military parades and defending relics of the Confederacy."