Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Rep. Pascrell Responds to Russian Sanction Easing by President Trump

Feb 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) responded to the news that President Trump has eased sanction on Russia imposed by President Obama in the wake of cyberattacks during the 2016 election.

"After the worst escalation in two years by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Trump Administration has inexplicably decided to reward this behavior by easing sanctions imposed on Russia for their cyberattacks here in the United States," said Rep. Pascrell. "This move will only strengthen Mr. Putin’s grip on Crimea, emboldening his decision to destabilize the region and contribute to the thousands of civilian deaths in Ukraine. The Congress must hold hearings and quickly respond by passing legislation to tighten sanctions on the Russians and prevent any further weakening by this Administration.

"For someone who purports to be the ultimate dealmaker, this sounds like a raw deal to me. President Trump should stand up for American allies like Ukraine, not cozy up to those who have meddled in our elections and continue to cause chaos around the world," Rep. Pascrell said.