Trump walks back plan for more sanctions on Russian Federation

Howard TerryApr 17, 2018

The debate about new sanctions came after the US, along with France and the United Kingdom, launched military strikes on Friday night against Assad after a suspect chemical weapon attack against a rebel group in Douma one week earlier.

The sanctions were meant to be punitive measures against Russian Federation for propping up the Syrian government under Bashar al Assad, under whose leadership dozens of people were killed in a recent gas attack that many believe to have been perpetrated by Assad himself.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that new sanctions, if they were ready, will be announced on Monday by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The U.S.is not looking for war, said Haley.

The decision on new sanctions against Russian Federation, related to the Syrian crisis, is still pending, declared the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders.

She said President Trump "has made it very clear that, when it comes to weapons of mass destruction, we have no tolerance for it". They said Haley is one of the most disciplined and cautious members of the Cabinet, especially when it comes to her public appearances.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump told his national security team to hold off on implementing the sanctions, which were created to punish Russian Federation for abetting the Assad's April 4 chemical weapons attack on civilians in a rebel stronghold.

Several White House spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily News.

The strikes followed the Assad regime allegedly carrying out a chemical attack in Douma, Syria which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.

"The president has been clear that he's going to be tough on Russian Federation".

"The president is going to continue to be tough on [Russia]", she said. "We wanted to send a strong message that they needed to stop the chemical weapons program".

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

Assad has denied he used chemical weapons. "And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said on the show. The reversal came after the Kremlin complained the sanctions were overly harsh. -Russian aerospace cooperation or allowing Russians to violate USA intellectual property rights.

The internal debate over further action against Russian Federation comes as Trump is without a permanent secretary of State and just a short time after his new national security adviser, John Bolton, formally started on the job.

Troianovski reported from Moscow.

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