Trump Is Ignoring Sanctions on Russia for Ex-Spy Poisoning: Foreign Affairs Chair - NBC10 Boston
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

The latest news on President Donald Trump's presidency

Trump Is Ignoring Sanctions on Russia for Ex-Spy Poisoning: Foreign Affairs Chair

He said Trump’s administration had already blown through the statutory deadline by more than a month

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Trump Is Ignoring Sanctions on Russia for Ex-Spy Poisoning: Foreign Affairs Chair
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP, File
    In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., presides over a markup of a bill on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is chastising President Donald Trump for ignoring a deadline to decide whether Russia should face sanctions for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a military-grade nerve agent.

    The chairman, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., in a letter to Trump on Thursday that was obtained by NBC News, said Trump’s enforcement of existing sanctions that punish chemical weapons users “is critical to deterring additional attacks.” He said Trump’s administration had already blown through the statutory deadline by more than a month, and gave the president a new deadline of two weeks to tell Congress of his decision.

    “In recent years, Vladimir Putin has steadily escalated his campaign to consolidate power and undermine the United States,” Royce said in the letter. “Your compliance with the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 is critical to showing Putin that we are serious about challenging his deadly acts, as well as his ongoing attacks on our democracy.”

    The White House National Security Council declined to comment, saying it does not discuss correspondence between the president and Congress.

    Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff

    [NATL] Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff

    President Donald Trump announced on twitter Friday that Mick Mulvaney will take over as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 14, 2018)