Trump considers "very unsafe", the state of relations with Russian Federation

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

"While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia", Trump wrote in the signing statement, "this legislation is significantly flawed".

Moscow - which denies interfering in the USA presidential election - had already retaliated last week when Congress passed the bill, by expelling 755 people from the United States embassy and consulates in Russian Federation, the BBC reported.

Mr Trump accused Congress of overreach on the legislation.

President Trump knows exactly who to blame for bad relations with Russia: His own Congress.

Besides imposing new sanctions on Russia in addition to Iran and North Korea, it would limit the president's ability to return diplomatic compounds seized by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling. The new measure targets Russia's energy sector as part of legislation that prevents Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without congressional approval.

Trump's attacks on Congress, meanwhile, mark a freaky turning point in the drama unfolding between the White House and the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

Moscow, which announced a series of retaliatory measures over the weekend, has painted the bill's passage in the Senate as a humiliation for Trump.

Moscow has reacted furiously to the sanctions, with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying they amounted to a "full-fledged economic war" and that they had demonstrated Trump's "total weakness".

They are also raising new questions about Trump's willingness to accept the limits on his own power inherent in the US system of government.

Last week, Putin accusing the USA of attempting to use "geopolitical advantages in competition to pursue economic interests at the expense of [U.S.] allies".

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 campaign with the intention of tipping the election in his favor.

Even as he signed the bill on Wednesday, Trump strongly criticised it.

The Kremlin says Russian Federation isn't considering further retaliation against the United States following President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill.

By signing it, he avoided the humiliating prospect of Congress overriding his veto.

"While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation, this legislation is significantly flawed", he wrote.

If he wants to lift or modify sanctions on Russian Federation, the president has to send Congress a report explaining and justifying his decision, and lawmakers would then be able to block the move.

The US president, who often called for warmer ties with Moscow during the White House race, has furiously denied the charge.

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