After signing the bill that will impose new sanctions on Russia, US President Donald Trump attacked Congress. Iran claimed sanctions violate nuclear deal.

Trump blames Congress

Trump blames Congress Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), US President Donald Trump blamed Congress for undermining relations with Russia. “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time and very dangerous low,” Trump Tweeted. “You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us health care!”

Trump’s statement was made after he signed a bill imposing new sanctions on the country due to Moscow’s interference with last year’s US presidential election. The bill also restricts his ability to lift existing sanctions.  

Putin and Trump

Putin and Trump Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday, Moscow criticized the sanctions. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia sees the US measures as shortsighted because they pose a real danger to global stability. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev posted on his Facebook that the sanctions have brought an end to the White House’s attempt to improve its relations with the Kremlin.


Medvedev Photo credit: Channel 2 News

The bill was approved by the US Senate last week and awaited Trump’s signature. The bill also approves new sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi claimed that the sanctions violate Iran’s nuclear deal and added that Iran will respond appropriately.