Trump Signs Ruddia Bill
Despite branding it as “significantly flawed,” Trump has signed a bill aimed at punishing Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential elections. At a press conference at the White House, Trump said,
“The legislation included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions. While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed”
Furthermore, he added,
“My administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends or our allies.”
Taking a stance against any Russian interference, Trmups remarked,
“We won’t tolerate intrusion in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”
What Made Him Sign the Bill?
Trump has signed this bill for the sake of the people. As he liked to say, “I hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.”
What’s In The Bill?
The bill restricts Trump’s ability to waive any sanctions against Russia, hence keeping in place, the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. It will allow the U.S. to refuse entry and remove visas for individuals engaged in activities such as selling arms to Syria, assisting the human rights abuse currently prevailing within the region.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said,
“The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did — neither the president nor I were very happy about that. We were clear that we didn’t think it was going to be helpful to our efforts.”
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