President Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill, With ‘Significant’ Reservations


President Trump on Wednesday signed the bill placing additional sanctions on Russia, but expressed deep reservations about what he described as “significantly flawed” legislation. In an official statement, Trump wrote that the law includes “unconstitutional provisions” that would hinder his presidential authority on diplomatic matters. He also suggested Congress passed the bill “in haste” as retaliation for Russia’s 2016 election meddling. “[M]y 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 a separate statement, Trump added: “I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”


SOURCE: The Daily Beast