White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says President Donald Trump sent a clear signal with the signing of Russia sanctions that the U.S. will not tolerate interference in U.S. elections. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump sent a clear signal with the signing of Russia sanctions on Wednesday (August 2) that the U.S. will not tolerate interference in U.S. elections, the White House said. Trump signed the bill into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday despite his concerns that the legislation could infringe on his powers to shape foreign policy, saying he could make "far better deals" with governments than Congress can. Congress passed the measure to punish Russia over interference in the 2016 presidential election and the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. The legislation has provoked countermeasures by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 people. Russia is also seizing two properties near Moscow used by American diplomats. Trump has repeatedly said he wants to improve relations with Russia. That desire has been stymied by U.S. intelligence agencies' findings that Russia interfered to help the Republican against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. U.S. congressional panels and a special counsel are investigating. Moscow denies any meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign.