President Trump knows exactly who to blame for bad relations with Russia: His own Congress.
Trump tossed his legislative branch under the bus Thursday morning in a tweet condemning them for “dangerous” conflicts with Russia, and for the stalled attempts at health care reform.
“Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” Trump tweeted.
This marks the second day in a row that Trump has lashed out at Congress over a bill hitting Russia with sanctions — which Trump signed.
Both houses of Congress passed the bill with nearly unanimous bipartisan support last week as retaliation against Russia’s cyber attacks on the 2016 election. Trump waited days before signing in on Wednesday, and then issued a statement minutes later trashing it as “significantly flawed.” Trump took particular issue with how the bill limits his ability to revoke the sanctions without congressional approval.
The Kremlin complained about the bill as well, saying it is tantamount to an “all-out trade war.” Russian President Vladimir Putin struck back at Congress by cutting 755 U.S. diplomatic positions in his nation.
Trump’s campaign is under federal investigation for potential collusion with Russia, and he has long faced scrunity for his chummy relationship with Putin.
Trump has held back on publicly criticizing Putin, even as he has tarnished ties with long-held American allies, and he never suggested any of his own actions responding to the Russian cyber attacks.
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