While President Trump has a contentious relationship with the press in the US, he receives glowing coverage in Russia by the state run media. Since President Trump signed the Russian sanctions bill passed nearly unanimously by Congress, the Kremlin has had to find a new angle to strengthen their position with the President and his administration. The Kremlin has forcefully opposed the sanctions bill and retaliated against the US by expelling diplomats and seizing US diplomatic properties in Russia.
The New Angle
The Russians have found a new angle in their approach to the President about the sanctions bill. They have responded to his signing of the veto-proof legislation by calling the US President weak.
“The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
“The issue of new sanctions came about, primarily, as another way to knock Trump down a peg,” Medvedev said, he continued, “New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power.”
Of course, Medvedev kept his comments vague. He commended the “US establishment” for having “fully outwitted” the White House.
President Trump is undoubtedly affected by the strategic jab at his powerlessness and inability to assert control. The President himself has attacked the system of checks and balances for stifling his agenda.
Congress passed the sanctions package that codified Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and mandated congressional oversight of any Presidential attempt to ease the sanctions, with near unanimity. The vote was veto-proof, forcing the President to sign the bill that he adamantly opposed.
The Russian government does not have such checks, and Vladimir Putin enjoys complete control. Medvedev said, “The U.S. President’s signing of the package of new sanctions against Russia will have a few consequences. First, it ends hopes for improving our relations with the new U.S. administration. Second, it is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia.”