The mystery remains.
Given his willingness to trash and humiliate virtually every other person on the planet who publicly opposes him, why does Donald Trump remain silent when it comes to criticizing one our nation’s leading adversaries, Vladimir Putin?
Trump has expressed more concerns about Congress's Russia sanctions bill than about Putin's expulsion of US diplomats.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 2, 2017
And so Trump signed a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election (which Trump still isn’t convinced happened) and restricting his ability to lift or waive those sanctions.
But Trump called the bill (which passed the Senate 98 to 2 and the House of Representatives 419 to 3) “deeply flawed” and “clearly unconstitutional.” He said he signed it “for the sake of national unity.”
Of course he signed it because a veto would be overwhelmingly and humiliatingly overridden.
Not that such things seem to matter anymore, but doesn’t signing a bill he considers unconstitutional violate his oath of office?
Update: Ah. Relations with Moscow would be great if not for that meddling Congress.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
Further update: To which John McCain responds:
Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 3, 2017