President Trump Signs Sanctions, but Warns Congress of Unconstitutionality
2 August 2017
EIRNS—Today, President Donald Trump signed H. R. 3364, the "Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," into law. He issued a statement with the signing denouncing it for "including a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions." These include:
Violating "the President’s exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds;"
Allowing Congress to change the law without going through the Constitutionally prescribed procedures;
Directing executive branch employees to "undertake certain diplomatic initiatives" without Presidential authorization; and
Preventing the President, in some cases, from receiving Ambassadors as provided for in Article II, section 3 of the Constitution.
He then concluded with the admonition,
In a separate, more personal statement, Trump said "The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice."