Trump blasts Congress for Russia Sanctions bill after signing it

President Donald Trump signed the bill imposing sanctions on Russia into law on Wednesday and released statements that he believed multiple aspects of the legislation violate the Constitution, POLITICO reports.

The aim of the sanctions is to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and also restrict Trump’s power to veto the sanctions without approval from Congress.

 According to POLITICO, The White House released two statements almost simultaneously, in one of them, Trump said he supports efforts to rein Iran, North Korea, and Russia. He said, “In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions, my Administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies”.

In his second statement, which included a stepped-up defense of his own administration’s foreign policy and input on the sanctions, Trump said he had signed the bill “despite its problems,” and “for the sake of national unity”. The statement also said,“I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization”.
Trump added; “The bill remains seriously flawed because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate. Despite his criticism of the sanctions,  he said that “I nevertheless expect to honor the bill’s waiting periods to ensure that Congress will have a full opportunity to avail itself of the bill’s review procedures”.

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