Trump calls Russia sanctions legislation ‘significantly flawed’
Republican president critical of measures which he himself signed into law
Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald J Trump meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg last month. Photograph: EPA
He urged Congress to not use the measure to hinder US efforts to resolve the Ukraine conflict with its European allies.
“In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.”
The president confirmed he had signed the bill, which imposes tough measures to “punish and deter bad behaviour by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang” and enhances existing sanctions on Moscow.
But he said “the bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate”.
Mr Trump added that “by limiting the Executive’s 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”
But he said he signed the bill “for the sake of national unity”.