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>> One of the great ever.>> President Donald Trump signing a bill slapping new sanctions on Russia Wednesday, even as he calls the bill itself, quote, significantly flawed.>> The bill is passed.>> The sanctions bill sailed through Congress last week by veto-proof margins, clearing the Senate Friday.
But Trump took his time actually making it law, signing it behind closed doors and away from TV cameras. The bill which also targets Iran and North Korea, limits the president's ability to unilaterally roll back sanctions. Trump releasing a statement calling specific provisions unconstitutional for the limits it places on his presidential powers.
White House spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.>> Congress has encroached on the power of the presidency, and he signed it in the interest of national unity. There is no question that there isn't support for the principles of the bill, it's maybe just some of the process.>> But lawmakers telling Reuters they're just happy the bill is signed.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev posting a blistering message on Facebook, accusing Trump of launching a quote, full scale trade war, and saying the sanctions showed the Trump administration was utterly powerless. In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin responding to the sanctions by announcing that the US was required to cut about 60% of its diplomatic staff by September, and seizing two properties used by US diplomats.