U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law new sanctions against Russia that were passed overwhelmingly by Congress last week and that run counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow. A White House official said on Wednesday he had signed the bill, and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway confirmed this during an interview with Fox News. Given the delay since Congress approved the legislation last Thursday, there had been speculation that the

Republican president might be resisting signing a bill that has already provoked countermeasures by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Congress, controlled by Republicans, approved the sanctions to punish the Russian government over interference in the 2016 presidential election, annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and other perceived violations of international norms. READ MORE