Deadline looms for Trump and Russia sanctions

An even more critical moment arrives Monday. The Treasury Department is required to begin imposing sanctions against entities doing business with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors as well as to produce a hotly-anticipated list of oligarchs maintaining close ties to Putin. Implementing the law robustly would risk harming the relationship Trump has tried to cultivate with Putin — and any delay would mean snubbing Congress’ authority.

Lawmakers in both parties don’t want the White House to drag its feet this time.

“Am I confident” that Trump will meet the deadline? asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “I’m hopeful.”

The administration “should follow the law as it was passed by Congress,” he added.