Trump, Putin Foiled By New Sanctions Law

Marie Harrington
August 4, 2017

President Trump's anger was mirrored in Moscow, where Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Facebook that the bill would bring "consequences".

President Trump begrudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russian Federation that had been approved by overwhelming majorities in Congress.

Medvedev said Trump's stand showed "weakness".

If, in the future, a president wants to bypass a similar provision, executive branch lawyers can cite the statement as a kind of precedent suggesting that such limits are not binding.

But that doesn't mean that Krauthammer thinks Trump made the wrong move in signing the measure.

President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Russian Federation and restricts Trump's own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow.

The bill - the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" - places sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment for its efforts to interfere in November's presidential election, Moscow's military aggression in Ukraine, and its support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

"The U.S. establishment fully outwitted Trump; the president is not happy about the new sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill".

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When it comes to Russia, Donald Trump can't catch a break.

Before winning the presidency, Trump had never paid much attention to theoretical models of United States foreign policy applied to Russian Federation or Syria, Brenner noted.

Araghchi said the signing following strong support in Congress showed that the USA believes the JCPOA has empowered Iran in the region. In a way, both Trump and Putin saw their aspirations being grounded by the theory of checks and balances, a key tenet of democratic governments articulated by our forefathers.

Trump signed the legislation behind closed doors, after failed White House efforts to scupper or water down the bill.

Trump might be a manifestation of the undercurrents in America's domestic life but in foreign affairs, he can't really turn the traditional policies around, as the latest episodes have proved.

That was the context for the June 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower in NY that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort attended with top Putin intelligence operatives Natalia Veselnitskaya, the chief lobbyist in the US working to address the "adoption issue", Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze, translator Anatoli Samochornov and middle-man Rob Goldstone. To waive sanctions, Trump has to send Congress a report explaining and justifying his decision, and lawmakers would then get 30 days to decide whether to allow the waiver.

It would give the Trump administration the option of imposing sanctions on companies helping develop Russian export pipelines, such as the Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying natural gas to Europe, in which German companies are involved.

Congressman Carter voted for the sanctions, which were also imposed against North Korea and Iran.

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