The President considered that the actions of Belarusian officials continue to pose a threat to the United States.
US President Donald Trump sent a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives Pelosi and the President of the Senate about the extension of the state of emergency in Belarus.
As noted in the letter, the emergency law provides for the automatic termination of a state of emergency if, within 90 days before the anniversary of its Declaration, the President does not publish in the Federal Register or transmit to Congress a notice of its extension. According to the President’s notification, the state of emergency imposed on Belarus on June 16, 2006, will continue to operate after June 16, 2020.
“The actions and political initiatives of some members of the government of Belarus and others aimed at undermining democratic processes or institutions in Belarus, human rights violations related to political repression, and involvement in corruption continue to pose an uncharacteristic and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the President said in a letter.