President Donald Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to attack the Republican-led Congress for forcing him to sign a bill that slapped fresh sanctions on Russia.
“Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low,” Trump wrote. “You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us [health care]!”
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
Although Trump signed Congress’s bipartisan sanctions bill on Wednesday, he outlined his objections to it in a separate signing statement. Among other things, the signing statement said call parts of the sanctions bill “unconstitutional” and said that it harmed the president’s ability to conduct international diplomacy.
Shortly after Trump signed the bill, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slammed Trump for showing “total weakness” in the face of Congressional pressure to impose new sanctions on his country.
“The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way,” he wrote.
The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) August 2, 2017
The House of Representatives last month passed the sanctions bill by a vote of 419-3, while the Senate passed it by a margin of 98-2.
Although there was veto-proof bipartisan support for the sanctions in Congress, there had been speculation that Trump still might be resistant to signing the legislation because it restricts his ability to unilaterally lift sanctions without congressional oversight.