Trump approves new ‘flawed’ Russia sanctions

Trump approves new ‘flawed’ Russia sanctions

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President Donald Trump has signed into a law a bill which imposes new sanctions on Russia for their alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

The White House had indicated that Mr Trump would sign the bill after it had passed through both houses of Congress.

But on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he and the president are not “very happy” about the bill.

Russia denies interfering in the US election, and Mr Trump has denied colluding with Russia.

The bill, which was signed in private at the White House, also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

Russia already has retaliated by ordering cuts to US diplomatic staff after the financial sanctions package was passed by a group of bipartisan lawmakers.

The sanctions passed by Congress came months after President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham praised the bill after it passed, pointing out that Mr Trump’s options were limited since there were enough votes to overcome a presidential veto.

“President Putin did something that nobody in America could do. He united the congress,” he told CNN.

Senior Russian parliamentarian Konstantin Kosachev said that Mr Trump was “capitulating” by not standing up to Congress.




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