White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the president "weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had".
In a brief statement to the Post, Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow said that "apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations [in the Post's Monday report] are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent".
Unlike previous sanctions bills, the new legislation grants US lawmakers power to block Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russian Federation. The Washington Post - which first reported the story - says some of the president's advisers fear the extent of the president's intervention could place him and some of his inner circle in legal jeopardy. But Trump has continued to doubt that Russia was responsible and he has called the investigations in Congress and by the special counsel into Russian meddling a "witch hunt".
Former press secretary Sean Spicer said in June that Trump was still reviewing the possible sanctions but that the administration had concerns about Congress eroding the administration's authority to determine such actions.
After the sanctions passed both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, White House spokespeople said Trump planned to approve the sanctions in due time.More news: NY Jets owner confirmed as United Kingdom ambassador
Critics of the USA government's move argue the sanctions could affect European energy security and serve Washington's economic interests - in line with Trump's stated "America First" foreign policy.
CUOMO: Because The New York Times is reporting that the President OK'd the statement. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said of Trump's decision to sign the bill almost a week after it cleared Congress. "Hope we'll send again a strong message to Russian Federation that we can't have interference in our elections going forward".
"While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russian Federation, this legislation is significantly flawed", the Republican president said in a statement.
Well, Donald Trump definitely wouldn't enjoy the sight of anything that doesn't look like it does on TV.
But the emails released by Trump's eldest son showed he took the meeting because of a promise of compromising information about then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's campaign. "We will no longer allow this to continue".
In his statements about the sanctions law, Trump complained about what he said was congressional infringement on the president's constitutional power to set foreign policy.
"The question, I think, of the events of the last week or so, is it getting worse or can we maintain some level of stability in that relationship?"