Podcast: Trump’s Defeat Over Russia Sanctions

Defeated by Congress — both Republicans and Democrats — teased by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, and beset by the Trump-Russia investigation, Donald Trump reluctantly signed a bill for new sanctions against Moscow as well as Iran and North Korea on Wednesday.

Trump blustered that the measures were “unconstitutional” and “significantly flawed”, but is this a telling marker of his lack of influence and impotence in foreign policy?

See also TrumpWatch, Day 195: Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill, Then Trashes It

I discussed the issues on Thursday with Monocle 24’s The Globalist:

Those who have been driving the measures are not just Congress but also Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who are saying “enough is enough” with Moscow and America has to draw a firm line despite its President.

Does Trump prevail in that internal battle? The answer to that determines the future of the US-Russia relationship.

Listen from 10:28 mark:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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