- Title: White House: Trump sent 'clear signal' to Russia by signing sanctions
- Date: 2nd August 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 2, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRUMP ADVISOR STEPHEN MILLER SAYING: "Jim that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you've ever said. And for you that's still a really. That the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting. Jim, the reality is that the foreign-born population into our country has quadrupled since 1970. That's a fact. It's been mostly driven by green card policy. Now this bill allows for immediate nuclear family members to come into the country, much as they would today. And then it adds an additional points-based system." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRUMP ADVISOR STEPHEN MILLER SAYING: "We want to help unemployed African-Americans in this country and unemployed workers of all backgrounds get jobs and insinuations like Jim made trying to ascribe nefarious motives to a compassionate immigration measure designed to help newcomers and current arrivals alike is wrong."
- Embargoed: 16th August 2017 21:22
- Keywords: Senior Trump Advisor Stephen Miller White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C.,UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C.,UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0096SGTH6V
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- Story Text: The White House on Wednesday (August 2) said that U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which imposes sanctions on Russia, sent a "clear signal" that the U.S. would not tolerate interference in the U.S. elections.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that while the president believes Congress "encroached" on the U.S. presidency, he signed the bill "in the interest of national unity."
U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a move Moscow said amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration. Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation last week.
Striking a different tune, Trump advisor Stephen Miller also attended the press briefing to speak to reporters on Trump's new limited legal immigration proposal.
The White House is throwing its support behind the bill developed by Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia that would cut legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years by reducing the kinds of relatives immigrants can bring into the country.
Trump said the bill would favor applicants who speak English, an issue which Miller sparred with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta over during the briefing. Acosta asked if the bill would favor legal migration from the U.K. and Australia, which Miller said "is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you've ever said."
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