There were mixed signals this past weekend from the Trump administration as a new round of sanctions on Russia made its way through Congress. But if the president and his chaotic administration know what’s good for them, they’ll go along with Republicans who are seeking to bail them out of trouble whether they like it or not.
That’s a big “if,” though.
No one can say just what Trump will do about the bill. New White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told one Sunday-morning show that “we support where the legislation is now,” appearing to indicate President Trump would sign the new sanctions bill, which seeks to punish Russia for its attempts to intervene in the 2016 presidential campaign and was passed by near-unanimous votes in both chambers of Congress.
But at the same time, Huckabee Sanders’s new boss, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, was telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that the president had yet to make a decision on signing the bill. More ominously, he claimed to be skeptical about the intelligence consensus that Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 campaign. When Tapper pushed back, Scaramucci cited an anonymous source who cast doubt on Russian culpability.