Rubio: Trump doesn’t have a problem with more Russia sanctions
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he does not believe President Trump would have problems with new sanctions on Russia, despite comments by administration officials.

“At the core of the resistance is not the president. And I don't think the president himself has a problem with additional sanctions on Russia,” Rubio told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

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Rubio’s comments come after the Senate last week voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia and give Congress the ability to block the president from easing sanctions without Congress’s approval.

A report surfaced that the White House is set to push House Republicans to change the sanctions bill to make it more friendly to Russia. 

“I think the concern actually comes from the State Department and for the following reason: They argue that they are trying to get the Russians to be more cooperative on a number of fronts and that this could set us back,” Rubio said on Sunday.

“It's a legitimate argument. I've thought about it; I don't agree with it. And you saw the majority of my colleagues didn't agree with it this week,” he added.