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Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but makes clear he’s not happy about it

August 3, 2017
Abby Phillip, Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
President Trump signed into law Wednesday legislation that will impose new sanctions on Russia, but he immediately expressed doubts about its constitutionality and criticized Congress for giving itself greater powers to prevent him from rolling back penalties aimed at Moscow.
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Trump signs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, but issues a statement with concerns

August 2, 2017
Abby Phillip | The Washington Post
President Trump has signed a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, ending immediate hopes of a reset of U.S. relations with the Kremlin and marking a defeat for his administration, which had expressed concerns that the legislation infringed upon executive power.
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Tillerson tightens the reins at U.S. State Department

August 2, 2017
Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month tightened his control over the State Department by taking back powers previously held by the top career foreign service officer, an action critics said would delay major decisions and marginalize career diplomats.
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Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

August 1, 2017
Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig, Philip Rucker, Tom Hamburger | The Washington Post
On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.
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Putin says U.S. must cut 755 diplomatic staff, more measures possible

July 31, 2017
Yeganeh Torbati, Polina Devitt | Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said the United States would have to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington as a response to new U.S. sanctions approved by Congress.
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WH: Trump to sign Russia sanctions bill

July 31, 2017
Jeff Zeleny | CNN
President Donald Trump has reviewed the final version of the Russia sanctions bill and intends to sign it, according to a White House statement.
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Pence travels to Baltic states to reassure allies and send message to Russia

July 31, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
Vice President Pence touched down in Estonia on Sunday on the eve of President Trump’s expected signing of legislation to impose broad sanctions against Russia, and said he came bearing a message from the president: “Russia’s destabilizing activities, its support for rogue regimes, its activities in Ukraine, are unacceptable.”
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"All of my actions were proper," Jared Kushner tells Senate

July 25, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
On Monday, Kushner met with Senate staff who were looking into Russian interference in the presidential election. He acknowledged four private meetings with Russians, but said none of the contacts were improper.
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