The legislation, which was sent to the White House on Friday, would sanction Russian Federation while sharply limiting Trump's ability to ease penalties against Moscow independently.
The statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said Trump "read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it".
What happened with the bill?
The bill, approved by a vote of 98 to 2, will also grant the U.S. Congress the power to block U.S. President Donald Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russian Federation. Both were veto-proof numbers.
A federal law enforcement investigation and multiple USA congressional probes looking into the possibility that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, have made it harder for Trump to open a new chapter with Putin.
What does Russian Federation make of this?
Moscow said it would cut the USA diplomatic corps even further if the US decides to expel more Russian diplomats.
The Foreign Ministry said that the U.S. had until September 1 to bring the total number of diplomatic and technical personnel in Russian Federation to 455, the same number as it said Russian Federation has in the U.S. The ministry also ousted the U.S. from a recreation retreat and warehouse in Moscow. Moscow is also barring Americans from using two diplomatic facilities.
Mattis' opinion hadn't shifted several months later when he told the House Armed Services Committee that he'd yet to see "any indication that Mr. Putin would want a positive relationship with us".
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The move comes as it has become apparent that Russian Federation has abandoned its hopes for better relations with the United States under a Trump administration.
The legislation was in part a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election, and to further punish Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
What does the bill entail?
The new package of sanctions aims to hit President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle by targeting allegedly corrupt officials, human rights abusers and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.
Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the vote for the sanctions was the "last drop" and said Moscow would retaliate "in kind".
That a bill to hit back at Russian Federation would be the singular accomplishment so far underscores how the angrily contested 2016 election continues to reverberate on Capitol Hill. The legislation, which also punishes Iran and North Korea, takes aim at Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.
On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the USA would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755. Lawmakers say they want to prevent the president from acting on his own to lift penalties imposed by the previous administration for meddling in last year's USA election and for aggression in Ukraine.
Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the USA economy".
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