Trump signs Russia sanctions bill

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Russia and restricts Trump’s own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow, a White House official said.

The bill is one of the first major pieces of legislation that was sent to Trump’s desk, and it represents a rebuke of the president by giving Congress new veto power to block him from removing Russia sanctions.

Even before Trump signed the bill, the measure prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to retaliate against the U.S. over the new sanctions, which Congress levied over Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in Syria.

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