Today, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which strengthens and expands statutory sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea. In a statement released by the White House, the president said, “I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. 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 Russian subversion and destabilization.” The statement goes on to say that “the bill remains seriously flawed – particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate.”
In a separate statement issued the same day, the president again asserted that the legislation “is significantly flawed,” stating that, “In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.”
See our July 26th update for additional background information.