Trump denounced the bill in a statement on Wednesday, saying that Congress “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions" and that the legislation imposes measures to "punish and deter bad behaviour by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang," in addition to expanding upon existing sanctions in Moscow.
He added that "the bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate."
While blasting the bill, Trump also trumpeted his business credentials in the statement, saying, “I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”
The new sanctions were approved a day after the Foreign Ministry announced that Moscow would reduce diplomatic staff by 755 employees, a threat made in haste by an increasingly impatient Vladimir Putin over stalled relations with the U.S.
Now that Trump signed the legislation "for the sake of national unity," Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a Facebook post that "the hope of improving our relationship with the new American administration is over."
Medvedev added that by signing the bill, Trump displayed "full impotence" because it demonstrates a "humiliating handing over of executive powers to Congress."
Dmitry Medvedev (CREDIT: gettyimages)
Trump's carping over the signed bill incurred backlash on Twitter.
Trump let his comrade down, big time.
The bill was a partial response to contradicting allegations of Russian meddling in 2016.
In response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's doubting that the bill will "be helpful to our efforts" in strengthening diplomacy with Russia, Peskov told reporters, "Without doubt, it's important that the president of the United States is thinking about the current state, and about the prospects for, bilateral relations."