Russian Prime Minister Medvedev said the sanctions end hopes of improved relations with the Trump administration, which he called “utterly impotent.”
U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on new unilateral sanctions against Russia overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives and Senate in a bipartisan move that has plunged ties between Washington and Moscow to a new low.
Trump’s reluctance was on full display in an angry signing statement at the White House, in which he called the legislation “significantly flawed” and filled with various “clearly unconstitutional provisions.”
The legislation, titled the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” – which also includes measures against North Korea and Iran – targets the Russian energy sector, giving Washington the ability to sanction companies involved in developing Russian pipelines, and placing curbs on some Russian weapons exporters. It also notably constrains Trump’s ability to waive the penalties, a statement of mistrust from the Republican-controlled Congress, which remains unsettled by Trump’s warm words for President Vladimir Putin.
“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,” Trump claimed