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Why Trump Signed Stupid Congress’ Sanctions on Russia

Written by Joe Scudder

Though Donald Trump signed the sanctions bill, his twitter feed makes it clear that he did so under duress.

Personally, I was disappointed when Donald Trump signed the sanctions bill because I wanted him to fight Congress. But Congress had the votes to override a Trump veto. So Trump decided not the draw out the battle.

But as you see from the story below, the Republicans’ sanctions bill was premised on the Russian conspiracy fantasy the deep state is using to delegitimize Trump’s election win and all of us who voted for him.

Voters supported Trump’s campaign promise to pursue better relations with Russia. Congress just gave the finger to Republican voters.

Bloomberg reports, “Trump Blames Congress as Russia Attacks His Sanctions ‘Weakness’

Donald Trump blamed Congress for worsening relations with Russia, which accused the U.S. president of caving in to his legislators by signing a law that could keep sanctions in place for years.

“Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low,” Trump wrote Thursday on Twitter. “You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” he said, referring to the failed effort to overhaul health care.

The Trump tweet drew a quick response from Senator Tom Cotton, who appeared with Trump just a day earlier to promote immigration legislation that the Arkansas Republican is co-sponsoring. He said the blame for deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship falls on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He’s the one that has invaded countries who are our partners, he’s the one that’s provided missiles that have shot civilian aircraft out of the sky, he’s the one that’s meddled in western democracies to include our own, when Russian intelligence services hacked into those emails and released them,” Cotton said on MSNBC.

The exchange underscored the increasing strain between Trump and his own party in Congress amid multiple, expanding congressional and FBI investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded in the effort. The sanctions legislation gives lawmakers the power to block the president from lifting them and was passed in the House and Senate by overwhelming, veto-proof margins.

Read the entire Bloomberg story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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