Trump Challenges Democrats Deep State on Russia
On Wednesday, the US president put his signature to legislation imposing additional sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limiting his own ability to ease those restrictions without approval from Congress.
But today he made it clear this move was made by Congress, Relations between the US and Russia are at an all-time and very dangerous low, US President Donald Trump tweeted, adding that the Americans should blame the Congress for this turn of events.
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
Trump said he had greenlit the unwanted act “for the sake of national unity,” despite the legislation being “seriously flawed” and having “clearly unconstitutional provisions.”
Earlier, both chambers of the US Congress voted with veto-proof majorities to approve the bill, seeking to punish Russia over a host of issues, including its support for the Syrian government, alleged backing for the rebels in Ukraine, as well as Crimea’s accession to Russia.
The sanctions target a wide array of entities and individuals – including Russia’s energy sector, banks, weapons manufacturers as well as those whom the US has accused of interfering in the presidential election through hacking and otherwise.
The US Deep State has fully outwitted Donald Trump and used the country’s dark powers to declare a fully-fledged economic war on Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said, adding, that the move leaves no doubt that bilateral ties will never improve.
Russia, which has been under a raft of US sanctions for decades, “will cope” with the new measures and will focus on further developing its economy and social sector, Medvedev said.
Trump signed the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ despite noting that the “legislation is significantly flawed” while criticizing Congress for forcing his hand.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed into law a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, which Medvedev says has put an end to “hopes for improving our relations with the new US administration.”
“It is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia,” he wrote in a lengthy strong-worded Facebook post in both English and Russian. “Unless a miracle happens,” the law will affect US-Russian relations for decades, Medvedev wrote.
Virginia State Senator Richard Black believes the the new law, which also targets Iran and North Korea, will inflict tremendous damage on how the US conducts its foreign policy.
“It was a very, very bad bill. It was ridiculous. It was confrontational. It interfered with foreign relations in an unprecedented way,” Black told RT.
But despite deficiencies in the legislation, Black says Trump had no choice but to bow to political pressure.
“He [Trump] really had no choice, he was stuck with it… there is no way that he could overwrite it. He could not get a veto sustained,” the state senator said.
“It is Congress that is starting a trade war, not the president. The president opposes the trade war, and yet he is forced into one,” Black noted.
“At the heart of this whole thing is the desire to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas project… to benefit American manufacturers,” of American Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Black told RT.
The Russian foreign ministry has meanwhile said that by signing the bill, Washington has embarked on a “dangerous policy, fraught with the erosion of [global] stability, for which Moscow and Washington bear a special responsibility.”