Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill “With Reservations”

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.

Zerohedge

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.

Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to US sanctions

PUTIN: GET OUT, AMERICANS.

The (((Deep State))) has shown its hand and the president is folding. Russian president Vladimir Putin is retaliating. Peacefully for now.

President Donald Trump ought to veto the Congressional sanctions bill even though he will be accused of being a Russian spy for doing so.

Then, after Congress passes it again, he should challenge the legality of the act in the federal courts.

Obviously, a significant number of the so-called diplomats expelled from Russia are really CIA operatives, aka spies. In a sense, Putin is draining his swamp by expelling them.

Fox News

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that 755 U.S. diplomats will be expelled from Russia by Sept. 1, according to an interview on Russian television.

The expulsions had been announced Friday in response to a new law passed in Congress that expanded sanctions, but Sunday’s statement was the first time a large number of Americans were confirmed as involved.

It was “a regrettable and uncalled for act,” a State Department official told The Associated Press. Earlier, a State Department official told Fox News, “It is our policy to not comment on the number of individuals serving at our missions abroad.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy to reduce the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455.

“I decided it is time for us to show: We do not intend to leave U.S. actions unanswered,” said Putin, according to Interfax News Agency.

The U.S. has taken an “unprovoked step towards worsening bilateral relations,” Putin added.

He also said that Russia could consider other options in response to the U.S., but that he hoped it would not come down to that.

Putin noted the recent creation of a de-escalation zone in southern Syria as one example of how the countries have worked together.

However, in terms of general relations, Putin said: “We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better. But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it’s not for anytime soon.”

The new American sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia’s takeover of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.

I guess World War III will also be in response to “Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”

Israel gets what Israel wants, and Israel wants Russia out of Syria.

Maybe the line of thinking expressed below was a little too optimistic:

Trump Must Veto New Russia Sanctions Bill and Challenge It in Supreme Court

The American Congress, bought and paid for with few exceptions by Israel, wants World War III with Russia. These fools, all Democrats and most Republicans, think a nuclear world war is winnable by the U.S.

There is no winnable nuclear war. These people are, like Ann Barnhardt and Paul Craig Roberts have repeatedly said, psychopaths.

President Trump must return the new harsh Russian sanctions bill to Congress with his objections. Let the Congress pass it again by a veto proof margin. Then let Trump make a case to the Supreme Court that Congress has usurped the president’s constitutional powers.

The presidential veto process is explained here. Essentially, if a bill passes Congress by a two-thirds or more margin, it becomes law whether the president signs it or not.

CBC.ca

U.S. Congress passes bill limiting Trump’s ability to lift Russia sanctions
Trump would need to seek approval from Congress before terminating Russia sanctions

Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

There is no proof that Russia “meddled” in the 2016 election. There’s a lot of fake news to that effect, but that’s it.

Lawmakers passed the legislation, 419-3, clearing the far-reaching measure for action by the Senate. If senators move quickly, the bill could be ready for Trump’s signature before Congress exits Washington for its regular August recess. The Senate, like the House, is expected to pass the legislation by a veto-proof margin. The bill also slaps Iran and North Korea with sanctions.

CNN reports that the three honest men in the house who voted against this doomsday bill are all Republicans — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky and Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee.

The 184-page measure serves as a rebuke of the Kremlin’s military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed President Bashar al-Assad. It aims to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

“It is well past time that we forcibly respond,” said congressman Ed Royce, a Republican from California and chairman of the House foreign affairs committee.

How much did George Soros pay you to say that, Rep. Royce?

Trump hasn’t threatened to reject the bill even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior administration officials had objected to a mandated congressional review should the president attempt to ease or lift the sanctions on Russia. They’ve argued it would infringe on the president’s executive authority and tie his hands as he explores avenues of communication and co-operation between the two former Cold War foes.

Jim Stone Freelance believes that the provision requiring Trump to report every move will lead to Trump’s impeachment, which Jim believes is the real goal of the bill.

But Trump’s persistent overtures to Russia are what pushed lawmakers to include the sanctions review. Many lawmakers view Russia as the nation’s top strategic adversary and believe more sanctions, not less, put the U.S. in a position of strength in any negotiations with Moscow.

America needs an enemy to justify its endless wars and its bloated military budget. If there is no real one around, the globalist neocons will make one up. John McCain has proven very useful in this effort. The (((neocons))) are going to miss old insane McCain.

Trump’s “rhetoric toward the Russians has been far too accommodating and conciliatory, up to this point,” said congressman Charlie Dent, Republican from Pennsylvania.

We elected Trump partly to see a detente forged with Russia. Is there something wrong with peace, Rep. Dent?

“Russian behaviour has been atrocious,” Dent said. “They deserve these enhanced sanctions. Relations with Russia will improve when Russian behaviour changes and they start to fall back into the family of nations.”

No, America’s behavior has been atrocious. American military bases ring Russia. The reverse isn’t true.

Trump Ends Aid to CIA Funded Rebels in Syria

Trump wants peace, not World War III, but this news will start a new round of “Trump is a Russian agent” fake news.

The Independent

Donald Trump has reportedly decided to end the US’s funding and training of so-called moderate Syrian rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad – something that has long been requested by Moscow.

The plan to train and equip rebels opposed to Mr Assad was started in 2013 under the administration of Barack Obama, as an effort to try and put pressure on the Syrian leader to step aside. While most of the heavy weapons and cash were provided by Saudi Arabia, the CIA took the lead in the training.

Now, it has been reported that Mr Trump has decided to cancel the programme, something that will likely be welcomed by Russia, which has for years supported the Assad regime.

Let’s pick up the story with an excerpt from the Washington Examiner

U.S. support for rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad was a bipartisan, if controversial, plank of American policy in the country as recently as last fall. Former President Barack Obama began the shipments in 2013 and a GOP-led Congress eased restrictions on the program in 2016. But Russia and Turkey, a NATO ally, have accused the United States of backing terrorist groups.

“Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests,” according to the Washington Post, which first reported the move. “The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.”

Russia has denounced U.S. support for the rebel groups throughout the civil war, accusing the U.S. of commiting a “hostile act” and claiming that the Obama team was trying to block a Trump-led rapprochement with Russia.

“Overall, it appears that the Authorization Act has been adopted by the outgoing Obama administration…to create problems for the incoming Trump administration and complicate its relations on the international stage, as well as to force it to adopt an anti-Russia policy,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in December. “We hope the new administration will be more sagacious.”

Trump’s decision to end might irritate the lawmakers who voted for the 2016 defense bill, however. Senate Intelligence Committee member James Lankford, R-Okla., for instance, recently praised U.S. intelligence efforts in Syria, albeit without naming any specific covert programs.

A certain “tribe” isn’t going to like this at all. Not to mention that John McCain will develop another blood clot as he learns the news.

‘Sick:’ Trump slams report of ‘second meeting’ with Putin at G-20

If the choice is between accepting the word of CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post or accepting the word of Donald Trump, I’ll take Trump.

The lying (((leftist))) media has been caught with their pants down in a $2 whorehouse AGAIN. These people have no shame.

Fox News

President Trump lashed out at a report that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, previously undisclosed talk during the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month.

The president said the dinner at which the encounter took place was known to members of the media who were covering the event.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump decried the media for, as he put it, “becoming more and more dishonest!”

“Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister,” the president wrote.

A White House spokesman confirmed the conversation between the American and Russian leaders to Fox News earlier Tuesday.

An administration official said Trump and Putin “briefly” spoke during a dinner the night of the G-20 summit.

First lady Melania Trump was seated next to Putin, and the president approached Putin at the end of the night, the official said. They spoke through a Russian translator.

The administration official pushed back against the interaction being characterized as a “meeting.”

“There was no ‘second meeting’ between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner,” the official said. “The insinuation that the White House has tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.”

The official added: “It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders.”

Details about what transpired during the conversation were unclear.

Their first G-20 encounter, on July 7, lasted more than two hours. Trump later said he pressed the Russian president during that meeting about whether his government attempted to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, the White House on Tuesday night officially announced the president’s appointment of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to serve as ambassador to Russia. Huntsman is a former ambassador to China and Singapore who unsuccessfully ran for president as a Republican in 2012.

Setup? Loretta Lynch Granted Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America

OBAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH.

The press would have you believe that listening to someone is a criminal act, if that someone is Russian.

Donald Trump, Jr. Listened for a brief while to a Russian woman lawyer who got an audience with him through one of his acquaintances.

Intelligent people on the right are gravitating to the theory that Jr. was set up by the Obama administration in an effort to tie the President to a Russian government plot to turn the USA into the USSA, the United Soviet States of America, with puppet Trump’s strings being pulled by Vladimir Putin.

I have to contain myself or I’ll laugh myself silly.

PJ Media

The Obama Justice Department cleared Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya last year under “extraordinary circumstances,” allowing her to enter the United States without a visa before she penetrated then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle, The Hill reported Wednesday evening.

NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA.

Veselnitskaya spent June of 2016 lobbying government officials and lawmakers to reverse the Magnitsky Act and restore the ability of Americans to adopt Russian orphans. She managed to finagle a meeting with the Trump team by promising that she had dirt on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.

That work was a far cry from the narrow reason the U.S. government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into the U.S. in late 2015, according to federal court records.

The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.

During a court hearing in early January 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in the United States.

“In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan. 6, 2016.

“That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the 
further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist,” he added.

The prosecutor said Justice was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter the United States again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings.

The court record indicates the presiding judge asked the Justice Department to extend Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole another week until he decided motions in the case. There are no other records in the court file indicating what happened with that request or how Veselnitskaya appeared in the country later that spring.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.

Justice Department and State Department officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the events in Washington D.C.

The lobbying effort to repeal the Magnitsky Act fizzled out fairly quickly in the summer of 2016, sources told The Hill.

They described Veselnitskaya, who does not speak English, as a mysterious and shadowy figure. They said they were confused as to whether she had an official role in the lobbying campaign, although she was present for several meetings.

The sources also described their interactions with Veselnitskaya in the same way that Trump Jr. did. They claimed not to know who she worked for or what her motives were.

“Natalia didn’t speak a word of English,” said one source. “Don’t let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I’ve ever seen. If she’s the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requesting all records on how Veselnitskaya was able to enter and remain in the U.S.

Grassley wants to know why Veselnitskaya, who has a long history of lobbying against U.S. sanctions on Russia, was able to remain in the U.S. after her parole status expired in January.

Styx offers a conspiracy theory that ties the Clintons to an effort to set up Trump via this Russian lawyer. Hint: Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, where the two of them supposedly exchanged stories about grandchildren.

Besides the comments at the source site, there’s some rational thinking in the comments at the Zerohedge report on this story.

Trump Jr. Explains Himself to Hannity: ‘In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently’

To take a so-called bombshell and distill it down to a nutshell, a Russian woman lawyer working for her clients got word to Donald Trump Jr. that she had incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton that she would like to discuss. She had no such information. Her real purpose was to lobby Trum about a law revolving around the adoption of Russian children.

Trump Jr. met with her for 20 minutes. End of story. There were no further meetings or other contacts. The woman says she has no connection to the Russian government.

Liberals are calling Jr’s meeting collusion with a foreign power to steal an election and even treason.

Here’s what he said a few hours ago during a TV interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Marketwatch

Donald Trump Jr. admitted to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that he may have mishandled a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

“In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently,” Trump Jr. said in the interview, which aired Tuesday night.

Trump Jr. told Hannity that the meeting was for opposition research for his father’s presidential campaign, but turned out to be nothing. “Maybe they had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about … so I think I wanted to hear it out. But really it went nowhere.”

“It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame,” Trump Jr. said.

Trump Jr. also said he did not tell his father about the meeting, which was also attended by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager Paul Manafort: “It was just a nothing. There was nothing to tell.”

Earlier Tuesday, Trump Jr. released a series of emails discussing his plans to meet a Russian government attorney to discuss potentially damaging information related to Clinton.

“If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in an email.

When asked about how credible the emailed offer appeared, Trump Jr. told Hannity: “I didn’t know if there was any credibility, I didn’t know if there was anything behind it, I can’t vouch for the information. Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly.”

Trump Jr. told Hannity that he didn’t think he did anything wrong, and was willing to testify about his actions, if asked. That appears likely, after Reuters reported Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee plans to seek his testimony.

To learn more about the key players in this so-called scandal, then scroll down the homepage from this post and read three earlier posts tonight on the subject of this uninteresting 20 minute meeting with a self-promoting lawyer.