Trump approves new Russia sanctions

03 Août, 2017, 06:08 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Trump approves new Russia sanctions

Before the bill was signed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that neither he nor the president approved of the sanctions, believing they hinder the administration's attempts to restore relations with Russian Federation.

Facing a likely veto-proof majority, however, the White House said Friday that the president would sign the bill. The Framers of our Constitution made the Congress and the President coequal branches of government. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice. The White House lobbied to water down restrictions in the bill.

Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. Concerns from the administration that the legislation would hamstring the president in negotiations with the Kremlin have been alleviated, Pence said.

Moreover, Trump has warned that the sanctions may hurt the United States' partnerships with worldwide businesses. "Congress could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking".

The legislation has already provoked countermeasures by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has ordered big cuts to the number of staff at the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia. Tillerson said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would meet in Manila on the margins of next weekend's meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The House voted 419-3 in support of the bill.

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"My Administration has attempted to work with Congress to make this bill better", he said. It also imposes financial sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

Allegations by the United States intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the U.S. election to aid Mr Trump are now being investigated by Congress and an FBI special investigator. He has also repeatedly insisted that while Russian Federation could have been responsible, other countries might also have been at fault.

I'm assuming that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr., between Don Jr. and his lawyer.

The White House comments follow The Washington Post reporting that Trump had personally dictated the response his elder son would use to address the media.

Provisions backed by Republican and Democrats would handcuff Trump on the Russia sanctions resulted from lawmakers' worries that he may ease the financial hits without first securing concessions from Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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