You thought it was bad when Donald Trump issued a signing statement to go along with the Russian sanctions that Congress passed earlier this year. It made him look even more like he was in the back pocket of Vladimir Putin. But while we don’t yet know if he will sign with another statement that waters it down, Trump has yet to even commit to signing a unanimously-passed resolution condemning white supremacy Congress just put on his desk.
I imagine the signing statement, should he use another one, would include something in the same vein as the “many sides, many sides” rhetoric Trump employed in the wake of the terrorist attack just one month ago in Charlottesville that left a peaceful protester dead, many more injured, and the nation on edge.
When asked by reporters whether Trump would sign the bill, a spokesperson for the White House declined to answer in the affirmative:
Asked whether president will sign, WH spox says “No announcements at this time.” https://t.co/Scf2yh14AW
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 12, 2017
The noncommittal position of the White House is unsurprising, since Trump declined to comment on it when the bill was announced.
The Senate Joint Resolution, penned by Virginia Senator Mark Warner, was passed on Monday. The final version calls the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville a “domestic terror attack” and calls on Trump to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy.” It even includes a directive:
[U]se all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
The House version passed on Tuesday and includes the same language.
Both the House and Senate versions of this resolution passed without a single “no” vote, marking an historic moment in a deeply-divided Congress.
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