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Trump Quietly Signs Anti-Russia Sanctions, Enshrines Massive Geopolitical Screw-up Into Law

"So it goes"

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Well, it happened

Trump signed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

<figcaption>Thanks Trump!</figcaption>
Thanks Trump!

Apparently he chose against an official signing ceremony—because even a tragic sack of Twitter sadness such as Donald Trump isn't completely incapable of feeling shame.

This piece of legislation will likely go down in history as one of the greatest geopolitical screw-ups in post-Cold War history:

"Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.' While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed," Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

Does this mean that Trump used a mythical "signing statement" to prevent this piece of legislation from destroying Washington's relationship with Europe and forcing Russia into China's arms forever? Ha. No:

Referencing the bill's "flaws," Trump said it "encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate," which will make it harder for the US to strike good deals and will "drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together."

"Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity," Trump said. "It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary."

There you have it. Signing America's death warrant in the spirit of "national unity".

What a clown.


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