"My first reaction was, ' Did you take a picture? That guy is asking for it – he's got a cat on his head!' But the other half was going, ' What if he just wants to walk around with a cat on his head, and not have his picture taken all day?He ended the statement by saying: "I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress."Even before Trump signed the bill, the measure prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to retaliate against the US over the new sanctions, which Congress levied over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, as well as Russia's annexation of Crimea and aggression in Syria.
It comes amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, dating back to the last days of the Barack Obama administration, when the then President ordered the seizure of two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to alleged election meddling by Moscow.
In a statement Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it "reserves the right to other countermeasures" in response to the new sanctions and called the sanctions "regrettable", "short-sighted" and "dangerous." The measure was signed into law after it passed with overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate -- which made the threat of a presidential veto a non-starter -- but it was not an easy road to Trump's desk.
Sometimes it would be nice if someone just said, ' Hey, I think it's really cool that you have that cat on your head.
I think that's interesting.'"It's 1300 hours in the San Fernando Valley, and Project Sparrow is in full effect.
(Jack Antonoff, of Bleachers and fun., who has recently co-written several songs with Swift, says that "just having her songs on my hard drive makes me feel like I have Russian secrets or something.
It's terrifying.")At the moment, Swift is in a makeup chair in her dressing room, getting false eyelashes applied.
In a nondescript parking lot at a soundstage in Van Nuys, California, a Blackwater-esque platoon of personal-security professionals stands at the ready.
Every doorway and stairwell is guarded, and every window is blacked out. In 2014, a Swift shoot requires the kind of operational secrecy and logistical complexity rarely seen outside of a SEAL raid.
The bill is one of the first major pieces of legislation that was sent to Trump's desk, and it represents a rebuke of the President by giving Congress new veto power to block him from removing Russia sanctions.
The White House announced the signing shortly after 11 a.m.
The House and Senate struck a deal to make some changes to the bill at the urging of a host of US industries and European countries, but Congress did not consider making the change that the White House wanted: removing the congressional review on Russia sanctions from the bill.