Trump Voices Concerns Over Russia Sanctions Law as He Signs Bill
President Donald Trump is adding a statement expressing concerns over the bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea that he signed into law on Wednesday morning, according to media reports.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Trump's statement says the US administration will execute the law, but is concerned over the constitutionality of some of its provisions, including the fact that it encroaches on presidential authority, Bloomberg reported.
Trump signed the bill into law on Wednesday morning, a white House official told RIA Novosti.
The US president also fears that the newly signed law could harm US companies and businesses, as well as international US allies, according to the report.
Trump's statement also says the law limits the flexibility of his administration to cooperate with allies in dealing with Russia, Bloomberg reported.
The legislation, which has now become US law with Trump's signature, punishes Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election as well as military activities in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria.
The sanctions target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.
The law also limits the US president's ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congress' approval to lift any restrictions.
For instance, Trump would now need Congress' permission to reverse measures imposed by his predecessor Barack Obama. He would also need lawmakers' approval to return Russian diplomatic properties that were seized under the previous administration.
The law also imposes punitive measures against Iran over the country's ballistic weapons program, detention of US citizens, human rights abuses and terrorist activities across the Middle East and North Africa.
In addition, it targets North Korea over its ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses.
Russia has repeatedly refuted US allegations it has interfered in the US election, calling them absurd and intended to deflect public attention from actual, revealed election fraud in the United States as well as other public concerns.
Moscow has also rejected claims that it interfered in Ukraine's internal affairs and pointed out that Crimea rejoined Russia via a popular referendum in which the vast majority of residents chose that course of action.
Moreover, Russia has pointed out that it has acted in Syria on the invitation of the country's legitimate government of President Bashar Assad. The United States' military activities in Syria have been undertaken without the approval of the UN security Council or the Syrian government.
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