The White House seems confused about what President Trump will do when Congress sends a bill to his desk strengthening sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 elections.
Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent mixed messages about the bill Sunday morning in interviews on the morning news shows.
CNN reported the House and Senate have come to an agreement on a package of sanctions on Russia that would allow Congress to review any easing of the sanctions by Trump. It's the latest version of a bill that passed through the Senate 98-2 and the House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday.
The bill has been problematic for the White House and reports indicate the president's team has been pressing Congress to weaken the bill. Trump and his team are reportedly worried the new sanctions don't give him enough flexibility in negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump is looking upon the bill favorably and intends to sign it when it comes to his desk.
"Look, the administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place. The original piece of legislation was poorly written but we were able to work with the House and Senate. And the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary," she said.
"And we support where the legislation is now, and will continue to work with the House and Senate to put those tough sanctions in place on Russia until the situation in Ukraine is fully resolved. But it certainly isn't right now."
However, at about the same time Sunday, Sanders' new boss Scaramucci was telling CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump hadn't made a decision about the legislation yet.
"You've gotta ask President Trump that," Scaramucci said. "It's my second or third day on the job. My guess is that he's going to make that decision shortly."
It's a politically fraught decision for Trump and reports from the White House have indicated advisors are nervous about the optics of the president's first veto of his administration coming on sanctions against Russia.
The bill also has massive support in Congress and is expected to pass easily. Two senators from each party warned Trump during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that any use of the veto pen would be overridden by Congress.
"This is a bill that will go to the president's desk and he should sign it into law," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
He said he was confident Trump would sign the bill because "in the end the administration will come to the conclusion that the overwhelming majority of Congress [supports it] and we need to sanction Russia for their meddling in the U.S. election."
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, of Maryland, was even more explicit in his warning.
"If he vetoes the bill, we will override his veto," he said.