The US president is set to sign off on Russian sanctions to avoid clashing with Congress.
Editor’s Remarks: Donald Trump will have to put his “non-friendship” with Russian president Vladimir Putin aside and obey his own GOP-dominated Congress. The president will have to sign legislation limiting his ability to lift sanctions. While the document also proposes new sanctions on North Korea and Iran, it is expressly targeting Russia. The US imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling in last year’s presidential election, in addition to Russia’s invasion of Crimea three years ago. The Russians retaliated immediately by requesting the US reduce its personnel in the country by 755. The latest round of sanctions raises the prospect of further tit-for-tat retaliations. On the one hand, Congress’ decision regarding a country the Americans have long seen as a foe should come as no surprise. But on the other, this signals that Trump might be on very thin ice with the GOP and, if he loses support, his legacy will end up being something along the lines of “Trump’s greatest tweets.”