GOP senators reject Trump's blaming Congress for Russian Federation rift

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 5, 2017

After Moscow called the sanctions a declaration of "economic war" that had exposed the U.S. president's weakness, an angry Trump lashed out at his own lawmakers who had overwhelmingly approved the measures. He also issued a statement for the press about the bill.

"Vladimir Putin is to blame for the state of relationships between the United States and Russia", Cotton told Fox News.

But that's not how many Senate Republicans see it.

"The bill remains seriously flawed - particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate", he said.

"So, by extension, it is fairly easy to envision how other parts of the world could be wondering whether it is President Trump or Congress pulling the foreign policy strings", Ward said.

The new law allows Congress, which passed the measure to punish Russian Federation over interference in the 2016 US presidential election and the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, to halt any effort by Trump to ease sanctions on Russian Federation.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday mimicked the phrasing of Trump's tweet, but blamed Russia's dictatorial leader.

Dealt a striking congressional rebuke, Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he called a "seriously flawed" package of sanctions against Russian Federation on Wednesday, bowing for the moment to resistance from both parties to his push for warmer ties with Moscow.

"You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!", Trump said, referring to the Republican-dominated legislature's failure to implement a campaign pledge to change the U.S. healthcare system.

Still, he says he signed it for the sake of national unity.

First, the Senate has made clear that they will act to override Trump's decision if he refuses to authorize the next installment of monthly payments to health insurance companies in order to help them cover low-income people, known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Vice-President Mike Pence said that the Bill showed Mr. Trump and Congress were speaking "with a unified voice". US congressional panels and a special counsel are investigating. Two bipartisan groups of senators, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Tillis and Coons' bill would allow any special counsel to challenge their removal in court, while the Graham/Booker measure would prevent the firing of a special counsel without judicial review.

The measures were introduced as the Senate prepared to leave Washington for its August recess.

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