President Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran, & North Korea

President Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran, & North Korea

President Trump can negotiate better deals than Congress?

President Trump has signed bipartisan-backed legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. In a statement released following the signing, the president labeled the legislation "seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate." The release touts the president's dealmaking capabilities (now curtailed), but, nonetheless, the legislation was approved "for the sake of national unity."

Of Note: White House releases two different statements following the signing:

The first version critiques specific sections of the legislation:
And concludes by asking that Congress "refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work":
The second version leans in hard on Russia in the opening paragraph:
"I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russia subversion and destabilization."
And concludes by crediting President Trump's "truly great company" as a major reason why he was elected:
"As president, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress."

Comparing the opening paragraphs (note: text is from first statement; cuts are in red and sourced from second statement):


President Trump can negotiate better deals than Congress?