White House Walks Back Haley's Announcement About Sanctions Against Russia

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A source familiar with the matter told CNN more than a dozen entities, including banks and equipment suppliers, are being looked at, and at least several are expected to be sanctioned.

Monday's comment from the White House came in contrast to Haley's specific announcement on Sunday.

The officers couldn't say if the sanctions could have been more announced.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since clarified Haley's remarks, saying that the Trump administration is "considering" additional sanctions, but has not yet made any decision.

Dan Scavino, who is an assistant to the president and director of social media, is the longest-tenured Trump employee in the White House, noted a sprawling profile of the man published by The New York Times Magazine on Monday. They said Haley is one of the most disciplined and cautious members of the Cabinet, especially when it comes to her public appearances.

The Post report states that the sanctions are under "serious consideration" but Trump is reluctant to sign off on them unless Russian Federation gives him "another triggering event" to do so.

A senior administration official also said the sanctions had been developed as part of a comprehensive plan for potential military and economic measures that Trump could take against Damascus and Moscow.

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A Washington Post report suggested Trump had been furious with aides over the recent decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats, believing each European country - rather than Europe as a whole - would match that figure.

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

Others speculated officials said a misunderstanding could have occurred due to Haley's penchant for speaking with the president rather than communications staff. She said the limited strikes were necessary to ease further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks. "We've been very clear in our actions what we expect and we hope they'll have a change in their behavior".

But Trump was not yet comfortable rolling out new sanctions and was upset by Haley's announcement, according to the Post.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. Haley also said the United States would never go for a one-to-one talk with Assad as it did not consider him worthy of that.

The Russians were listening.

Responding to Haley's comments, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that new sanctions on Russian Federation would amount to nothing more than "international asset grabbing".

But after the Kremlin got word through Russia's embassy in Washington that the sanctions would not be coming, there was a subtle shift in Moscow toward a less confrontational tone, even as officials continued to slam US sanctions as veiled attempts at gaining economic advantage. -Russian aerospace cooperation or allowing Russians to violate US intellectual property rights.

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