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President Donald Trump listens in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Where carefully crafted policies ideally precede public messaging, advisers now often scramble to reshape policy to catch up with the president’s tweets and public declarations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump blamed Congress for 'an all-time & very dangerous low' in US-Russia relations



President Trump blamed Congress for "an all-time & very dangerous low" in U.S. relations in a tweet Thursday morning.

Trump signed legislation imposing new sanctions against Russia into law on Wednesday. The bill restricts Trump's own ability to ease sanctions currently in place against Russia, giving Congress veto power to block him from removing them.

Congress imposed the sanctions as a response to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, Russian aggression in Syria and its annexation of Crimea. The comprehensive package also includes economic penalties against Iran and North Korea.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on his Facebook page Wednesday that the sanctions package "ends hopes for improving our relations with the new U.S. administration," and shows "total weakness" on the part of the Trump administration.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attends a cabinet meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

"The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way. This changes the power balance in US political circles," Medvedev wrote. "The US establishment fully outwitted Trump; the President is not happy about the new sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill."

The sanctions package had caused trouble across the waters before it was even enacted. Getting wind of legislation, Russia retaliated last week, ordering the U.S. to cut staff at its diplomatic mission by 755. It served as Moscow's most aggressive and decisive move against the U.S. since the final years of the Cold War.

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