Stories

Shannon Vavra Feb 2, 2017
SaveSave story

Treasury is not lifting Obama's Russia sanctions

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Today the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control published an amendment to Obama's sanctions against Russia. It now will "authorize certain transactions" with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the KGB successor intelligence service. The amendment caused a lot of quick chatter on the internet that Trump was rolling back Obama's sanctions. NBC reports the changes were "technical."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the U.S. is "not easing sanctions."

Update: Senator McCain added, "our initial look at it is it's a largely technical fix."