Trump Reluctantly Signs 'Seriously Flawed' Russian Sanctions Bill 'For The Sake of National Unity'

Chris Menahan
Aug. 02, 2017

President Trump reluctantly signed our traitorous congress's "seriously flawed" Russia sanctions bill "for the sake of national unity" on Wednesday, but not without protest.

The bill, which former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts accurately described as "Washington's Monument to Its Criminality," institutes a new cold war with Russia and prevents President Trump from stopping it.

While Trump should have vetoed it and excoriated congress, he took the hit and signed it as our criminal congress passed it almost unanimously and threatened to override his veto. The bill passed the Senate 98-2, with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders being the only ones to vote against it. It also passed the house 419-3, with Republican representatives Justin Amash, Thomas Massie and Jimmy Duncan being the only ones to vote against it. Everyone who voted for this bill should be kicked out of office.

Here's Trump's full statement:
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”

Today, I signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.

That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia.

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.

My Administration has attempted to work with Congress to make this bill better. We have made progress and improved the language to give the Treasury Department greater flexibility in granting routine licenses to American businesses, people, and companies. The improved language also reflects feedback from our European allies – who have been steadfast partners on Russia sanctions – regarding the energy sanctions provided for in the legislation. The new language also ensures our agencies can delay sanctions on the intelligence and defense sectors, because those sanctions could negatively affect American companies and those of our allies.

Still, 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. By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.

Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.

Further, the bill sends a clear message to Iran and North Korea that the American people will not tolerate their dangerous and destabilizing behavior. America will continue to work closely with our friends and allies to check those countries’ malignant activities.

I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.
The American people voted to end the neocon cold war by voting Trump.

If they wanted war with Russia, they would have voted for Hillary Clinton.

As Trump said, "Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking," yet they're totally united in starting a new cold war with Russia and preventing Trump from bringing peace.

What purpose does our congress even serve at this point?

They're acting only as a roadblock to prevent Trump from instituting reforms and fixing the system they broke. Trump won one of the most hard-fought elections in the history of America despite all odds and yet congress has yet to pass a single major bill instituting the policies he ran on.

Trump should channel the spirit of Andrew Jackson and abolish the whole lot and tell them they're fired.

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