Rus­sia: US has started trade war

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Iran and the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea. The bill was ap­proved over­whelm­ingly in July by the US Congress de­spite the White House urg­ing “flex­i­bil­ity” in deal­ing with Rus­sia, partly rep­re­sent­ing a bi­par­ti­san move to pun­ish Mos­cow over its al­leged med­dling in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion last year.

“Congress could not even ne­go­ti­ate a health­care bill af­ter seven years of talk­ing,” Trump said of law­mak­ers’ re­cent fail­ure to re­peal “Oba­macare” as Repub­li­cans have promised for years. “As pres­i­dent, I can make far bet­ter deals with for­eign coun­tries than Congress.”

Still, he said: “de­spite its prob­lems, I am sign­ing this bill for the sake of na­tional unity.”

Trump’s re­luc­tant sig­na­ture high­lights more dif­fi­cul­ties ahead in diplo­matic ef­forts for both Wash­ing­ton and Mos­cow to re­solve their con­flict on such thorny is­sues as of the Mid­dle East and Ukraine.

It also dis­plays Trump’s in­creas­ing trou­bles at home, such as his crip­pled leg­isla­tive agenda marked by failed ef­forts against the health­care sys­tem, in the af­ter­math of his cam­paign camp’s al­leged col­lu­sion with Rus­sia.

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