Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill

By Published on August 2, 2017

President Donald Trump signed a sweeping sanctions bill intended to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election Wednesday.

The bill limits Trump’s autonomy with respect to Russia policy as it includes a provision that requires Congressional approval for any revisions to the legislation. The bill also levies sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

The Trump administration initially objected to the bill’s constraint on executive power making it unclear whether Trump cooperate.

“The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did, neither the president nor I are very happy about that,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters during a press briefing at the State Department Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that Trump would sign the bill, almost one week after the bill cleared Congress by a wide margin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin preemptively responded to the sanctions bill Sunday by expelling 755 American diplomats.

 

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