US President Donald Trump on Friday claimed that relations with Russia had hit an all-time and "very dangerous" low Thursday, putting the blame on Congress after he approved sanctions against Moscow with great reluctance.
This comes in the backdrop after Moscow labelled the sanctions a declaration of "economic war" that had exposed the US president's weakness, an angry Trump lashed out at his own lawmakers who had overwhelmingly approved the measures.
"Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low," Trump wrote on Twitter. "You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!" he added in reference to a recent defeat in the Senate on his health care reform plans.
Senator John McCain, a noted Russia hawk, hit back on Twitter, suggesting Trump had misdiagnosed the source of the problem.
"Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies," McCain said.
Trump's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations that his team colluded with Moscow during last year's US presidential campaign in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday, reports emerged that special investigator Robert Mueller had impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue, a step toward possible criminal indictments.
The move is a sign that the sweeping federal investigation which includes allegations that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to tilt the election in the Republican's favor is gathering pace.