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White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration

AP  |  Washington 

The scrambled today to walk back UN Nikki Haley's weekend announcement that new against are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered.

Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department on Monday, when, in fact, no such announcement was planned, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

In a statement, tried to clarify the situation, but her explanation created more confusion and led to suggestions that had personally intervened to halt the sanctions from taking effect today.

"We are considering additional sanctions on and a decision will be made in the near future," Sanders said in a statement.

The two officials, who were not authorised to discuss private administration deliberations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Haley had misspoken when she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that would announce the sanctions Monday "if he hasn't already." Haley said the sanctions would target those who are enabling Syrian leader Bashar Assad's government to continue using

The two officials said the administration had no plans to announce Syria-related sanctions on this week, although they noted that two entities were hit with such penalties last month in a largely overlooked portion of a sanctions package that dealt mainly with Russian interference in the 2016 and hacking.

After Haley's comments, some in the administration suggested the sanctions now being considered could be rolled out Monday. But others said it would be wiser and more effective to wait for a period longer than three days after the US, British and French infuriated Russia with their missile strikes on on Friday.

The officials could not say when the new sanctions would be announced.

Meanwhile, continued to hail the missile attack as perfectly carried out.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after US, French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles nearly unopposed by Syrian air defences. While he declared success, the said the pummelling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

Trump's choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with following the US-led invasion of Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that would tie down US forces for years.

Later Sunday, Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them in writing of his decision to order the strike. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep informed of such actions.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 07:45 IST