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>> US President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying Washington's relations with Russia have reached a new low. But Trump blaming not Russia for the deepening divide but lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Trump tweeting, quote, our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress.
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The blast coming a day after he reluctantly signed a law slapping new sanctions on Moscow. The Senate and House approving the sanctions overwhelmingly, leaving Trump with little choice but to sign it despite his push for closer ties to Vladimir Putin. Warren Strobel is following the story.>> I think, in both parties in Congress, there's a widespread view that Russia is a US adversary.
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That it directly interfered in the 2016 Presidential election in the United States. And part of this also, I believe, was a feeling among some lawmakers that President Trump himself was not taking a hard enough line with Russia.>> Trump infuriated that the bill, pushed by his own Republicans, lets Congress block him from easing the sanctions, saying that infringes on his power to shape foreign policy.
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GOP Senator John McCain firing back at Trump in his own tweet, Thursday, saying, quote, you can thank Putin for the low point in relations. Quote, for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors, and threatening our allies. Trump's tweet pinning blame on Congress coming in sharp contrast to the message carried by Vice President Mike Pence in Europe this week, sharply critical of Russia and Putin.
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Aligning Pence much more closely with hawkish lawmakers than with his own boss.>> And no threat looms larger in the Baltic States than the specter of aggression from your unpredictable neighbor to the East.>> Trump's shot at the Republican-led Congress comes as lawmakers head off on a five-week Summer break still licking their wounds, having failed to deliver on Trump's signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.