A number of senior White House officials are questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon an earlier push for sanctions on Russia that had been in place since late last year.
Trump has also been struggling to convince Congress to keep the sanctions, which target Russia’s missile program and human rights violations.
Trump last week also said he was “open to” ending sanctions on China, a country he’s been feuding with for decades.
“The president was not ready to make this decision to be totally ineffectual,” former Trump adviser Peter Navarro said on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Thursday.
“He’s been in a lot of trouble, I think, over the past couple of months.”
The sanctions, enacted after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, were intended to target the country’s military capabilities and human-rights abuses.
But Trump has been increasingly frustrated by Congress, which has been slow to pass a bill that would impose the new sanctions.
He’s also complained about the “chaos” of the legislative process, which is dominated by Democrats.
Navarro argued that “a lot of these issues” are still being resolved in Congress.
“I think that, you know, some of the things that the president is focused on right now are, you’re not going to get the kind of resolution that he’s hoping for in the Senate,” Navarro continued.
And I think there is a lot still that is still to come.” “
There are a lot that the administration is focusing on in Congress, but a lot are still unresolved, you see that.
And I think there is a lot still that is still to come.”
A Trump administration official told CNN that the sanctions will be lifted after the administration’s review of their impact on Russia, the nation that’s been the target of a wave of missile and nuclear attacks since the 2014 conflict.
The official also said that Trump plans to continue his “focus on fighting the good fight against ISIS” and the terrorist group that has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria.