On Wednesday morning, Trump signed a bill that will bar him from unilaterally tackle foreign policy matters regarding Russia. The bill, which was passed by a nearly unanimous vote by Congress last week, imposes new sanctions on Russia, this time for its alleged interference in the U.S. election.
Trump Finally Signs the Bill
After trying to lobby against the bill, and postponing a signature on it, Trump finally signed it into law. The event comes after months of denial that Moscow tampered last year’s democratic election process from the Trump administration.
Trump, at one point, even blamed China or a lone hacker “sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” for the cyber-attacks on Democratic officials, even though more than a dozen of U.S. intelligence agencies were pointing the finger at Russia. On Fox News, the president often said the entire Russia affair was a hoax staged by Democrats because they’re such sore losers.
Yesterday, Trump finally agreed to sign the bill that sanctions Russia for its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. and actions in Syria and Ukraine. The new legislation also sanctions Iran and North Korea for their ballistic missile tests.
Trump Can No Longer Act Alone
The icing on the cake, however, is that the president will not be able to lift any of those sanctions by himself. He will need the congressional nod before doing so. What’s more with this recent signature, Trump just admitted that he is unqualified to handle alone the country’s foreign policy matters. He also indirectly admits that he was wrong about Russia all along.
The U.S. Congress was apparently so worried that the president might ignore the new legislation that they tied his hands legally. Congressmen were probably concerned about Trump’s friendship with Vladimir Putin and reluctance to criticize him too.
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