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WH Walks Back Russia Sanctions Stance, Calls Trump Undecided

President Trump has not decided whether to sign a bill that would impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday in apparent contradiction of her own remarks on Sunday. “He’s going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks like,” Sanders told media. But during a Sunday appearance on ABC's This Week, Sanders said “we support where the legislation is now.” Additionally, in his own appearance on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci contradicted Sanders’ Sunday statements, saying Trump “hasn’t made the decision yet to sign that bill one way or the other.” The White House has been battling Congress over a provision in the bill that would require congressional review of any attempt by the president to alter the bill’s sanctions.