>> Russia retaliating after the US Senate passes fresh sanctions against Moscow. With Kremlin telling the United States, Friday, that some of its diplomats, hundreds of embassy staff, according to Interfax, would have to leave the country in just over a month, and that it was seizing some US diplomatic property.
>> The Ayes are 98, the Nays are 2. The bill is passed.>> Russia's response came hours after the Senate overwhelmingly voted on tough new sanctions late Thursday putting President Donald Trump in an awkward position. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested he might veto the bill because Trump may want the sanctions to be quote, tougher.
Patricia Zangerle is covering the story on Capitol Hill.>> If the President of the United States wants to impose new sanctions on any country, Russia or any country he can do it via Executive Order. So if Trump wanted to send a tougher message to Russia, he could have done it starting January 20th when he was inaugurated and he hasn't done it.
Trump might veto the bill to send a message to Congress so they can't kick him around. There's a provision in the bill that bars Trump from being able to ease or lift any sanctions on Russia without getting Congress' permission and no President likes that.>> Thank you, Mr. President.
>> Trump had made pursuing better relations with Vladimir Putin a top priority but allegations of collusion between his campaign and Putin's government have dogged his administration leading to a special counsel investigation and bipartisan concern on the Hill.>> There's some very powerful Republicans who've worked with him closely on other legislation and who he will need down the road for legislation and appointments who really want this passed.
And if he stands in the way, I'm not sure it's really worth it when they're gonna override his veto anyway.>> Russian foreign minister said in a statement that the decision by Congressmen post new sanctions confirmed quote, the extreme aggression of the United States in the international affairs.
The bill also include sanctions on Iran and North Korea.