Confirmed all over again today in WSJ: US Congress more war-hungry than Trump


January 22, 2018 – Fort Russ News –

Amid the retrospectives of Trump’s first year, a look at the humiliation of his wishes for better relations with Russia. by Tom Winter for FRN –

Confirmed all over again: US Congress more war-hungry than Trump

Last July, the House of Representatives voted 419 to 3 in favor of more sanctions on Russia. The Senate vote was 98 to 2. It was known at the time that Trump opposed the measure, and that he objected to Congress sticking its nose into foreign affairs, especially disliking the bill’s provision that he get congressional approval for any attempt to lift the sanctions against Russia. 

The bill, of course, with those numbers behind it, was veto-proof. Trump had to sign, and he signed, and thus let Congress tie his hands about better relations with Russia.

CNN covered it with these words:

“…restricts Trump’s own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow.

The bill is one of the first major pieces of legislation that was sent to Trump’s desk, and it represents a rebuke of the President by giving Congress new veto power to block him from removing Russia sanctions.” [Emphasis added]

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And further:

“Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reacted strongly to the bill’s signing, saying it showed a “fully-fledged trade war (has been) declared against Russia” and that “the Trump administration demonstrated complete impotence, in the most humiliating manner, transferring executive powers to Congress.”

Today, a Wall Street Journal article about personal dealings with President Trump gives an inside view of the signing. Among the inside vignettes, we find this as a sample of the subheading He can be persuaded to change his mind…”:

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Mr. Trump was annoyed with Congress last summer for passing legislation imposing new Russian sanctions. He told aides he was inclined to veto the bill because he wanted better relations with Russia.

“Aides told him Congress would override the veto, making him look weak. Mr. Trump yielded, signing the bill in August. A White House official said the president never gave serious consideration to not signing the bill, but was frustrated at Congress for inserting itself into a foreign-policy matter.

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