Today the President signed a bill into law that begins new sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran. Of course, it was no secret that the White House was no fan of this bill and the President sounded off during the signing.
The President stated that the Congress “ included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” that “encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate.” bill into law. In a second statement the President then took a swipe at Republicans saying:
“The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice,” Trump said, adding that he signed legislation “for the sake of national unity.”
“Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking. 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.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did say that he is not a fan of this bill either and said:
We were clear that we didn’t think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that’s the decision they made,” Tillerson told reporters. They made it in a very overwhelming way. I think the president accepts that.”
You can read the entire statement from the President here.
Do you agree with the President’s rationale? Or is his opinion irrelevant because he didn’t have a choice?
Source: NBC News