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Democrat Ted Lieu Blasts Trump: Russia Knows We Have a Weak President

Democrat Ted Lieu Blasts Trump: Russia Knows We Have a Weak President

President Donald Trump appeared to echo Kremlin talking points Thursday morning when he tweeted that Congress was to blame for the United States relationship with Russian Federation being at an "all-time & very risky low".

Moscow - which denies interfering in the United States presidential election - had already retaliated last week when Congress passed the bill, by expelling 755 people from the USA embassy and consulates in Russian Federation, the BBC reported.

Trump tweets early Thursday, "Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very unsafe low". "You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!", he wrote.

Trump's tweet came a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took to Twitter to denounce the veto-proof sanctions bill that Trump was essentially handcuffed into signing on Wednesday, appearing to appeal to the president's ego by calling his administration weak and pinning the blame on Congress. He's pushed for warmer relations with Moscow but has bowed to resistance from both parties in Congress in signing the measure.

Trump signed a new sanctions bill into law Wednesday that targets Russia, Iran, and North Korea. And he coupled it with a written statement that accused Congress of overstepping its constitutional bounds, impeding his ability to negotiate with foreign countries and lacking any ability to strike deals.

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Russia, which has already retaliated by ordering the U.S.to slash staff at its diplomatic mission by nearly two-thirds, could take further "counter-measures", according to the Foreign Ministry.

The new US penalties were short-sighted and risked harming global stability, it said in a statement on its website. Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to strengthen ties with Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump says a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran is "seriously flawed" because it hinders his ability to negotiate.

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In a separate, more personal statement, Trump said "The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President". It bars Trump from waiving the Russian Federation sanctions without first securing approval from Congress, and also imposes new financial sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin preemptively responded to the sanctions bill Sunday by expelling 755 American diplomats. The statement carried by Russian news agencies refers to Russia's decision to sharply cut the US diplomatic personnel and close a USA recreational retreat and warehouse facilities.

Rather than inviting the press into the Oval Office for a ceremony, the president signed the bill into law behind closed doors.

"The hopes have already ended even if there is a residual feeling that Trump, if he was allowed to, would behave differently", Fyodor Lukyanov, who heads Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a Kremlin advisory group, said by phone.

"The concerns expressed in the president's signing statement are hardly surprising, though misplaced", said Republican Sen. That will bring the number of US diplomatic and technical staff down to 455, which would match the number of Russian staff in the U.S.

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