July 30, 2018 3:15 pm
Updated: July 30, 2018 3:49 pm

Trump says sanctions on Russia will remain ‘as-is’

WATCH: President Trump says sanctions on Russia will remain ‘as-is’

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With his record on Russia under scrutiny, U.S. President Donald Trump is insisting that the United States will not lift sanctions against Moscow.

Trump said Monday at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the sanctions would not change despite the Russians’ request.

“Sanctions on Russia will remain, as-is,” Trump said.

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Conte first broached the subject at a White House news conference and said lifting the sanctions would be “unthinkable.” Trump also scolded Germany for agreeing to use a Russian natural gas pipeline while, in his estimation, not paying enough for defense.

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Trump has withstood withering criticism in recent weeks for his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in which he did not chastise Moscow for its 2016 U.S. election interference.

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