Editorial Date: 2017/8/3
US President Donald Trump said Thursday that US relations with Russia "at a very dangerous level are the lowest ever" and blamed Congress for this.
Trump's comments came on Twitter a day after he signed new sanctions against Moscow.
Congress overwhelmingly approved the sanctions last week and Trump had no choice but to sign the bill, although he often expressed a desire to improve relations with Russia.
Trump signed the bill but strongly criticized it and complained that the measure allowing Congress to prevent the president from easing sanctions on Russia was attacking the presidential authorities in formulating foreign policy.
Russia responded by saying that the sanctions amounted to a full-scale trade war and eliminated hopes of improving relations with the Trump administration.
"Our relationship with Russia at a very dangerous level is the lowest," Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
"This is thanks to Congress, the same people who were not able to give us [the] health care law," he said, referring to a bitter setback this month when his Republican colleagues, who control both houses of Congress, failed to pass health care legislation in the Senate.
Trump's desire for better relations with Russia has been constrained by the findings of US intelligence agencies and noted that the Russian government intervened in last year's US presidential election campaign and is being investigated by a special adviser and congressional committees. Moscow denies any interference and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign.
Congress passed new sanctions to punish Russia for alleged interference in the elections and annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.