District of Columbia — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday evening placing sanctions on Russia in response to a chemical attack in 2018. The sanctions target Russia financially, invoking power allocated to the executive office via the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act, and the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.
In the order, President Trump directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to “oppose the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance to that country by international financial institutions”, and “prohibit any United States bank from making any loan or providing any credit to the government of that country, except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.” Last year, the Trump Administration imposed sanctions after the attack, with the latest set being the second one related to this particular matter.
President Trump has been frequently criticized by Democrats and the media for not being “tough” on Russia, claiming that the President isn’t doing enough to prevent Russian election interference and intervention in the Ukraine crisis. The President has made multiple statements implying that he disputes the credibility of the intelligence committee, who have made several warnings about Russian election interference.