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WH: Trump Signed Russia Sanctions Bill for 'National Unity'

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 05:36 PM

President Donald Trump was not pressured into signing the Russia sanctions bill but did "in the interest of national unity," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

"The president favors tough measures to punish and deter the bad behavior of the rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea," Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing. "He also sent a clear signal that we won't tolerate interference in our democratic process by Russia."

She added that the bill "encroached on the power of the presidency, but he signed it in the interest of national unity."

"We've been very clear that we support tough sanctions on all three of those countries," Sanders added. "We continue to do so."

Despite slamming the bill as "seriously flawed," President Trump signed it after both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved it last week.

The sanctions seek to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar al-Assad.

The law also imposes financial sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

Trump said the law will "punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang" and enhance existing sanctions on Moscow.

"The bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate," Trump said.

"By limiting the executive's flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together."

Trump did not talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin before signing the legislation nor was he facing duress from Republicans, Sanders said.

"The president supports putting pressure on these three countries in particular," she said. "He supports the principle of it and wanted to take action in that course."

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