Washington Post

Law says Trump must punish Turkey. Congress may force him to follow through

For Congress to consider revoking Trump's power to waive sanctions, or to dictate the terms of what sanctions may be imposed, reflects the worsening sense of distrust for his foreign policy moves. Foto: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Congressional Republicans and Democrats are threatening to force President Donald Trump's hand in sanctioning Turkey if he fails to outline soon what further punishment awaits the NATO ally for purchasing a Russian-made antimissile system in defiance of U.S. sanctions targeting such transactions with Moscow.

Lawmakers want Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey, which took possession of the Russian S-400 system despite warnings that doing so would cost Ankara the F-35 joint strike fighter and trigger mandatory punitive measures. Trump, in July, announced cancellation of the F-35, but he has not indicated whether his administration will apply additional sanctions...

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