President Trump signed new sanctions against Russia this morning in an apparent turn against his once pro-Russia rhetoric. His base is relatively pro-Russia and against foreign intervention. The legislation sent to his desk also decreased the amount of power the President has to ease sanctions against Russia in the future.
The White House said the bill contained “a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” and also hindered the “President’s exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds”.
The President continued by calling the bill “seriously flawed” and claims the bill “makes it harder for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had already retaliated against the United States by sending over 750 American diplomats out of the country.
The sanctions specifically target Russia’s energy and defense sectors. Actions against Iran and North Korea were also included.
The bill passed the House of Representatives 419-3. Republican-libertarians Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) voted no along with John Duncan (R-TN) who will not be seeking reelection.
In the Senate, the bill passed 98-2. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Republican-libertarian Rand Paul (R-KY) were the only no votes.