Russia's President Putin talks to US President Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 7. Photograph: (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump said relations with Russia had hit an all-time and "very dangerous" low Thursday, putting the blame on Congress after he reluctantly approved sanctions against Moscow.
"Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low," Trump wrote on Twitter.
"You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!", he added in reference to a recent defeat in the Senate on his health care reform plans.
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
Trump's outburst came the day after he grudgingly signed off on a sanctions bill that had been passed by Congress, calling the legislation "significantly flawed" and arguing that some of its provisions were unconstitutional.
The legislation -- which also includes measures against North Korea and Iran -- targets the Russian energy sector, giving Washington the ability to sanction companies involved in developing Russian pipelines, and placing curbs on some Russian weapons exporters.
It also constrains Trump`s ability to waive the penalties, a statement of mistrust from the Republican-controlled Congress.
Moscow has reacted furiously to the sanctions, with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying they amounted to a "full-fledged economic war" and that they had demonstrated Trump`s "total weakness."
Trump's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations that his campaign team colluded with Moscow during last year`s US presidential campaign in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.