[Ed. – No frontier of passive aggression left unexplored by this POTUS.]
President Obama allowed legislation renewing sanctions against Iran to become law without his signature in an effort to assure Tehran the U.S. is not straying away from last summer’s comprehensive nuclear deal.
The White House had initially said Obama would sign the 10-year sanctions renewal, but as the midnight deadline passed Thursday the president had still not granted his approval. Since Congress is still in session, the bill was enacted as law.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said while the bill is consistent with U.S. commitments under the nuclear pact, the administration has “made clear” the extensions are unnecessary given the president’s alternative authorities to punish Iran if needed.