President Barack Obama has said that he would rather not discuss sanctions with the Senate on Russia sanctions than with the House of Representatives, a White House official said Wednesday.
Obama told reporters that the sanctions imposed by the House last week are not the kind of thing that he talks about in public.
Instead, Obama said that the White House is working on a plan to address Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“That’s something that we’ve got to be very careful about.
We’re going to be working very closely with the Congress to see if we can make sure that we’re able to make sure we get the kind, strong, unified response that’s needed to address this issue, and we’ll be announcing that as soon as we can,” the official said.
It’s unclear what the House will do, if anything, to address the House’s concerns.
Obama said Wednesday that the House is still reviewing sanctions that Congress passed last week.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters after the House voted on Wednesday that he was disappointed that Obama did not tell the Senate what he was going to do.
Democrats have said they will not support the House bill, which is supported by the White, Republican and Democratic leaderships in both chambers.
A spokeswoman for McCarthy said that McCarthy is not planning to introduce a resolution of disapproval of the House sanctions bill, nor is he planning to discuss any amendments to the House measure.
The House bill has bipartisan support.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has already passed a bill that would prohibit Trump from lifting the sanctions until the Senate votes on the Senate bill.
In a letter to President Trump, the House Democratic leaders wrote: “We are disappointed that you have chosen to remain silent on the Russia sanctions.
The sanctions were imposed against Russia as part of a concerted effort to weaken our democratic system, undermining the sovereignty of the United States, our diplomats, and our allies, and harming American business, American citizens, and American businesses.
This is a critical time for the world and our security,” the letter said. “
We have long supported a vote on lifting sanctions, and today, we are proud to have led the charge for a bipartisan bill that provides for a clear path to lifting sanctions on Russia and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.”
We are not going to take the US for granted, and the president must not be treated as some kind of hostage by his own administration.”