Two top lawmakers slammed the Trump administration Wednesday for failing to “get their act together” and meet an October deadline to start implementing Russia sanctions.
“The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed into law more than two months ago, following months of public debate and negotiations in Congress,” said Arizona senator John McCain and Maryland senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “They’ve had plenty of time to get their act together.”
The penalties related to Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors are part of a wide-ranging sanctions bill passed overwhelmingly by Congress this summer. By Oct. 1, Trump officials were supposed to issue regulations or guidance specifying relevant Kremlin defense or intelligence-linked people or companies who could be punished. The administration has not done so.