Trump claimed the law had “a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” but still approved sanctions against Iran — and Russia and North Korea.
Trump reportedly was unhappy with the bill because of its Russia component, but any veto would likely be overturned by Congress.
Trump will now have to choose between signing the bill and angering Vladimir Putin, and vetoing the bill and angering AIPAC.
“If that deal doesn’t conform to what it’s supposed to conform to, it’s going to be big, big problems for them,” Trump said at an Ohio rally.
The bill adds sanctions on Iran due to its ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. Only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul voted against it.
One expert testified that Hezbollah is one of the largest drug exporters and money-laundering organizations in the world.
A Senate committee voted 18-3 for new Iranian sanctions after being assured by a former Obama official that it wouldn’t violate the nuclear deal.
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan slate of senators has introduced new sanctions targeting Iran for its missile testing and destabilizing actions days before AIPAC’s national conference. The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 was introduced Thursday by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J….
Representatives of major Jewish groups in Russia urged Western coreligionists to lobby for peeling back sanctions against Moscow.
A compromise allowing the U.S. Congress to vote on a nuclear deal with Tehran may prompt Iranian negotiators to drive a harder bargain, but does not drastically weaken President Barack Obama’s ability to deliver on a final agreement.