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Trump blames Congress for ‘all-time low’ in Russia ties

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday Washington’s relationship with Russia is at an “an all-time and very dangerous low,” and blamed Congress for the situation, a day after he grudgingly signed into law sanctions against Moscow.

Congress overwhelmingly approved the sanctions last week, leaving Trump with little choice but to sign the legislation although he has long expressed a desire for better ties with Russia.Even as he signed the bill on Wednesday, Trump strongly criticized it. He complained the measure, which allows Congress to stop him from easing sanctions on Russia, infringed on his presidential powers to shape foreign policy.Russia responded by saying the sanctions amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration.”Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Thursday.”You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” added, referring to a bitter setback this month when his fellow Republicans, who control both chambers in Congress, failed to push healthcare legislation through the Senate.

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