Pence: Russia’s ‘destabilizing behaviors are not acceptable’ to White House

Pence: Russia’s ‘destabilizing behaviors are not acceptable’ to White House

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE says the new Russia sanctions bill signed by President Trump on Wednesday sends a message to Russia that the United States does not condone its meddling and "destabilizing behaviors."

“President Trump believes that whatever frustration that we feel for Congress limiting his authority to conduct foreign affairs that unbalance this legislation reaffirmed the president’s strong commitment to ongoing sanctions with Russia, to make it clear that their destabilizing behaviors are not acceptable to the United States," Pence said in an interview on Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier."

The exclusive interview was conducted as Pence concluded his visit in Podgorica, Montenegro. Pence is currently in the middle of a trip to Eastern Europe and has visited several countries this week.

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His comments came hours after Trump signed the new sanctions bill into law. The bill, which makes it harder for Trump to lift sanctions and hits Russia with new financial penalties, was approved overwhelmingly by Congress. 

Trump called the bill “seriously flawed” and said it contains “a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” that limit his ability to dictate sanctions without congressional approval.

 

“By limiting the executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump said Wednesday.

Trump said that he only signed the bill for the sake of "national unity."

Lawmakers have expressed concerns over Trump's relationship with Moscow, and intelligence reports confirming that the country attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. 

Pence has echoed Trump on Russia in the past, saying earlier this week that he remains hopeful that the government's behavior will change and the U.S. and Russia's relationship will improve despite sanctions.