Normally, presidents of the United States refuse to sign bills they think are unconstitutional. But not Trump — especially when he desperately needs to do something to give himself ammunition whenever someone brings up all those times his children and other campaign officials worked directly with Vladimir Putin’s minions to swing the election in his favor.
“In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” Trump said after signing the bill into law, adding that it would “displace the president’s exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments.”
He was specifically referencing the parts that say the United States government does not recognize territorial changes put into place by force and that it is U.S. policy to “never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea” by Russia.
He also takes issue with the nature of the bill, which limits his ability to lift sanctions on Russia.
“I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars,” Trump’s statement said. “That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”
It’s strange that the sitting President is complaining so much that Congress exercised its ability to “check and balance” him by doing something to foil his evil scheme to give Putin whatever he wants, but we do live in strange times.
Ultimately, Trump had no choice but to sign the bill, which passed with veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.
Before Trump was forced into signing the sanctions bill, his boss over in Russia expressed quite a bit of anger, expelling U.S. diplomats and shuttering two diplomatic compounds.
In a way, it’s beautiful knowing that Trump could do nothing about it.
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