America’s great (sarc) Congress is on a roll. Last week Congress made it a crime to refuse to do business with Israel. Now, the geniuses have given the world a bill that drives us closer to war.
The few votes against this bill show that the number of politicians in Washington not controlled by the New World Order (Rothschilds and their puppet Soros) is minuscule.
The Europeans, who depend on Russia for their energy, are reportedly angry over the sanctions bill. Europe’s response deserves a separate post later.
The glimmer of hope here is that Trump signed the sanctions bill while issuing a statement of his reservations, reproduced below.
Subject: Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2017
*Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act*
Today, I signed into law the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.
That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia.
Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on Executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies.
My Administration has attempted to work with Congress to make this bill better. We have made progress and improved the language to give the Treasury Department greater flexibility in granting routine licenses to American businesses, people, and companies. The improved language also reflects feedback from our European allies who have been steadfast partners on Russia sanctions regarding the energy sanctions provided for in the legislation. The new language also ensures our agencies can delay sanctions on the intelligence and defense sectors, because those sanctions could negatively affect American companies and those of our allies.
Still, the bill remains seriously flawed particularly because it encroaches on the executive branchs authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the Executives flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.
Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.
Further, the bill sends a clear message to Iran and North Korea that the American people will not tolerate their dangerous and destabilizing behavior. America will continue to work closely with our friends and allies to check those countries malignant activities.
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.
ABC News is reporting that in a separate statement that Trump called the sanctions bill unconstitutional:
President Trump today signed a bill aimed at punishing Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election despite calling it “significantly flawed.”
In a signing statement released by the White House, Trump said the legislation “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” in lawmakers’ “haste” to pass it.
“While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” he said.
He went on, “My administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends or our allies.”
Unconstitutional? Next stop, the U.S. Supreme Court.
That said, signing bill makes Trump look weak (which he is because of the Republican establishment). He should have vetoed it on principle.