In the wake of revelations that Russian officials had laundered billions of dollars through a state-controlled bank and other financial institutions, President Donald Trump’s administration has announced it will spend more than $7 billion on a series of anti-money laundering programs.
The Department of Justice has proposed to spend an additional $3 billion on federal anti-fraud programs, as well as $1.9 billion to combat corruption and corruption-related crimes in state and local government.
It is not yet clear how much of the proposed spending will go to combat the growing corruption scandals in Russia and the Trump administration has not announced whether the spending will be included in a larger omnibus spending bill.
The White House has not said when the president will make the final decision about whether the proposed anti-graft spending will come to fruition.
“We’re going to continue to push hard and work with our allies to continue our efforts against corruption and its effects, but we also recognize that the anti-doping effort is also an important part of our efforts,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
Sanders did not specifically mention the White House spending plans, but she said the Trump Administration is “making a lot of progress” in fighting corruption.
The White House is also working with allies and international partners to tackle the “hollowing out of our criminal justice system,” she said.
Russia has been a top source of illicit funds and bribes to politicians and the military, according to the U.N. and European Union.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on senior officials in the Kremlin.
The Trump administration said in October it would impose new sanctions on the head of the FSB, the successor to the KGB that the Russian government has accused of spying on the United States.