WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is preparing new sanctions on Russia over its continued support of Syrian President Bashar-al Assad, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Sunday.
President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”
The sanctions were against Russian-controlled companies suspected of supplying Syrian President Bashar-al Assad with the “equipment” for the chemical weapons he used to poison Syrian children last week.
But it looks like someone got a phone call last night.
At some point after Haley’s remarks, Trump hurriedly advised his Russian masters through their embassy that, but of course, it was all a misunderstanding…no hard feelings, right?
He even advised them apparently before anyone in the U.S. press was informed, so concerned he was about offending the Russians:
Sometime after Haley’s comments on CBS, the Trump administration notified the Russian Embassy in Washington that the sanctions were not in fact coming, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said Monday.
Administration officials said Monday it was unlikely Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russia, describing the strategy as being in a holding pattern.
So why did we launch that missile attack again?
Bet Nikki Haley feels like an idiot, but she shouldn’t. Her Boss clearly has to answer to a higher power.