>> The US on Friday slapped sanctions on Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin in the most aggressive move yet to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. The sanctions target seven Russian businessmen. The 12 companies they own or control. Plus 17 high ranking government officials.
The action, taken under pressure from Congress is likely to complicate President Donald Trump's hopes for better relations with Putin.>> So I think I could have a very good relationship with Russia.>> The sanctions freeze the US assets of oligarchs such as aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who once had close ties to Trump's now-indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
US foreign policy correspondent Lesley Wroughton.>> I think Deripaska is one of the biggest oligarchs, and one of the closest allies of President Putin. He's got vast business interests all over the world, some of his businesses are based in Asia. He's also a co-owner of one of the largest aluminum companies, called Rusale.
>> Also on the list, Kirill Shamalov, an energy executive and Putin's son-in-law. In a statement, Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions are a response to Russia's malign activity around the globe, not only in the U.S. elections, but also in Ukraine and Syria.>> Donald Trump has been accused of being too soft on Russia, this is according to Democrats and Republicans who say this is a good start but would like to see more.
It's important to note that the president would've had to signed off on these sanctions, after it would've gone to the National Security Council Committee. So it's one indication that he knows about it, and he's approved it.>> It's the second swipe at Russia in as many weeks for Trump.
Last week, Trump expelled 60 Russion diplomats in connection with the UK nerve agent attack on a former Russia spy and his daughter. Special Council Robert Muller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 campaign, which Trump has fiercely denied.