President Donald Trump today blamed Congress for “an all-time” and “very dangerous” low in US’ relations with Russia, a day after he reluctantly signed into law a bill imposing tough sanctions against Moscow under mounting domestic pressure.
Trump signed into law a legislation that imposes tough sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and limits his ability to lift the curbs unilaterally.
The signing of the bill put to rest questions about whether Trump would support the legislation passed overwhelmingly by Congress last week.
“Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” Trump wrote on twitter.
The “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia was passed by both the chambers of the Congress – House of Representatives and the Senate – by an overwhelming majority.
In his signing statement, Trump had expressed his disagreement with certain provisions of the bill even though he said he supported new sanctions on Russia.
“The bill remains seriously flawed – particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking,” Trump said.