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Trump at a "MAGA" rally in Florida on May 8. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is running for re-election in 2020. He considers former Vice President Joe Biden to be his top rival. In June, he playfully told Vladimir Putin that Russia shouldn't meddle in the next presidential election.

A year later, Trump adds to Russia sanctions for former spy poisoning

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President Trump looks at Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has issued a second round of economic sanctions against Russia in connection with the March 2018 nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

Why it matters: The administration was under bipartisan criticism from lawmakers in recent weeks. Many claimed the administration had delayed "legally mandated action to follow up on sanctions imposed last August," the NYT reports.