To his credit, the President of the United States showed the discipline to forgo the “modern presidential” Twitter tantrum today, instead of stating his complaints in an official signing statement. Unfortunately, however, those complaints were about being forced to sanction his hero, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump signed the legislation — which was overwhelmingly passed by Congress to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea — with none of his usual fanfare. Hidden from public view, he waited until just before midnight to do the deed – a stark contrast to the Rose Garden celebration for House’s passage of a “healthcare” bill that ultimately died in the Senate.
But Trump was not done sucking up to the Kremlin. After signing the only significant piece of legislation of his six-month presidency, Trump issued a five-paragraph signing statement condemning the new law, which he called “significantly flawed.”
“In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” the statement read. Trump called specific attention to provisions that prevented the president from superseding or weakening sanctions, which were included as a safeguard against his sycophantic relationship with Putin.
Trump closed by issuing a warning to Congress about further interference from legislators as he alienates NATO allies to enable Russia’s continued occupation of the Crimean region of Ukraine:
“Finally, my Administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies.”
In a statement for the press, Trump went further, again calling the bill “seriously flawed” and strayed off-topic to slam Congress for its inability to “even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking.”
He went on, complaining that, “The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President.”
The press statement ended with a reassurance that this is still the same narcissist that a minority of the American electorate put in office, patting himself on the back and introducing grade school smack talk for no apparent reason:
“I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”
The American public is delighted to know that the president can make great deals, and we await them with bated breath.