Trump signs sanctions bill, says it's flawed

Jerome Frank
August 4, 2017

President Trump has officially signed new sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran but did not do so with support.

"This bill is so poorly written that neither Republican nor Democratic administrations would be comfortable with the current draft because it greatly hampers the executive branch's diplomatic efforts", Marc Short, a White House official working to delay the bill, told Axios last month.

"Going forward, I hope the president will be as vocal about Russia's aggressive behavior as he was about his concerns with this legislation", the statement from McCain's press shop read.

The legislation - which also imposes fresh sanctions on Iran and North Korea - comes amid continued investigations into Russia's alleged interference in last year's USA election.

"Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on Executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies", he said.

As the statement mentions, the bill Trump signed was a sanctions bill, officially dubbed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act".

"The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea can not be understated". The Trump administration said it would carry out the law in a way consistent with his constitutional authority.

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The bill limits the president's ability to lift or waive sanctions against Russian Federation and keeps in place sanctions the Obama administration imposed a year ago.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea on Wednesday morning.

Trump had previously repeatedly expressed doubts about Moscow's alleged interference in the USA presidential election, which is one of the things for which the bill is ostensibly punishing Russian Federation.

After his death, President Donald Trump said he was determined to "prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

In a statement, the ministry said the sanctions against Russian Federation had put global stability at risk, a matter Moscow said it and the United States bear particular responsibility for.

The new sanctions measure, the first major foreign policy legislation approved by Congress since Mr Trump took office in January, includes a provision allowing Congress to stop any effort by the President to ease existing sanctions on Russian Federation.

In addition to new sanctions, the bill requires congressional review for any actions the administration might seek to take to lift sanctions in the future.

The latest developments put U.S. -Russia relations "under considerable stress", Tillerson added.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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