Trump: New sanctions on Russia are 'dangerous'

President Trump grudgingly signs new Russia sanctions into law, but warns moved will torpedo US-Russia relations.

David Rosenberg ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump lambasted the Republican controlled Congress on Thursday, accusing a recently passed sanctions law of harming ties between the US and Russia and blasting the legislature’s failure to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Congress passed the new sanctions bill, which targets not only Russia but Iran and North Korea, earlier on Thursday by a filibuster-proof margin, essentially forcing the president to either sign it into law despite his objections, or suffer a humiliating veto override.

“While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia,” the president said at the signing, “this legislation is significantly flawed.”

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the president touted recent gains by the stock market, after the Dow Jones Industrial average topped 22,000 for the first time ever this week, and set three new record highs three days in a row.

“Business is looking better than ever with business enthusiasm at record levels. Stock Market at an all-time high. That doesn't just happen!”

President Trump attributed the booking stock market to his administration’s ongoing efforts to rein in federal regulatory bodies.

“I am continuing to get rid of costly and unnecessary regulations. Much work left to do but effect will be great! Business & jobs will grow.”

The president then turned to Congress, blasting the legislature’s failure to pass a repeal of Obamacare despite Republican control of both chambers, and the recent passage of a new set of sanctions on Russia.

According to the president, US-Russia relations have hit an “all-time” low because of the sanctions.

“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!”