Some senior Trump officials have been pushing for stricter measures against Russia over the last few weeks, which have intensified between the two countries, the New York Times reported on Friday.
High-ranking officials are actively considering additional sanctions and measures against Moscow, the report said, after Russia this week removed 60 American diplomats and closed the US consulate in St. Petersburg
The Times reports that he was in the days Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Rex Wayne TillersonTrump: US troops will be "very soon from Syria" Almost 200 former diplomats warn of "urgent need" to restore American diplomacy Kushner has Bolton asked for advice for the past year: MORE found acceptance in the White House for a tougher stance on Russia.
President Trump Donald Joh n TrumpConservative lawmakers hold calls for second special consultation GOP chairman: Postponed meetings to investigate alleged FISA abuse "a step in the right direction" Shulkin: Trump did not mention MORE withdrew to expel 60 Russian diplomats from the US this week, in solidarity with a first move from Britain and other countries over the apparent Russian poisoning of a former double agent on British soil earlier this month ,
Russia, which has denied responsibility for the espionage attack, acted against the move this week, claiming that the United States and the United Kingdom had teamed up to smear the plot against their government.
Trump, who has spoken out in favor of keeping the diplomatic channels open with Russia, has received some criticism from the critics because he remains relatively calm this week, which has shown itself daily between Russia and the West.
Members of the Russian parliament have condemned Trump's actions to expel Russian officials and said she was forced by critics of Trump's recent phone call to congratulate President Vladimir Putin on his victory in a poll that is widely regarded as a farce.