Lifting Russian sanctions ‘under consideration’
President Trump is mulling lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia ahead of his first conversation with the country’s leader, Vladimir Putin, since taking office, according to senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
“All of that is under consideration,” Conway said during an interview with Fox News when asked whether removing sanctions is on the table.
Of Russia, Conway said, “if another nation that has considerable resources wishes to join together with [the] United States of America to defeat and eradicate radical Islamic terrorism, then we’re listening.”
“You know what the president has said: It’s America first, and that includes in his foreign policy and his national security moves,” she added.
Trump’s desire to forge closer ties with the Kremlin has come under scrutiny as intelligence agencies and Congress continue to probe findings that the country interfered in the 2016 election on his behalf by hacking the emails of Democratic political groups and inviduals.
The president is expected to speak by phone with Putin on Saturday, the White House said.
Trump has frequently praised his Russian counterpart, who has clashed with Western leaders for years over his country’s 2014 military intervention in Ukraine and cyber operations.