President Trump was finally able to sign a piece of legislation today. Granted, the new law imposes sanctions on Russia and limits his power to lift sanctions unilaterally but, hey, it is pen to paper. The legislation came to him with near-unanimous support in the House and Senate and in addition to Russia, imposes new sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
According to CNN:
The White House announced the signing shortly after 11 a.m. ET, saying the bill includes “a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” that “purport to displace the President’s exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds.”
In a separate statement, Trump said he believed the bill to be “seriously flawed” but signed it anyway. “Still, the bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate,” he said in the statement. “Congress could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together.”He ended the statement by saying: “I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”
“The concerns expressed in the President’s signing statement are hardly surprising, though misplaced,” McCain said. “The Framers of our Constitution made the Congress and the President coequal branches of government. This bill has already proven the wisdom of that choice.”