WH says Rus­sia sanc­tions still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON — The White House scram­bled Mon­day to walk back U.N. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley’s week­end an­nounce­ment that new eco­nomic sanc­tions against Rus­sia are im­mi­nent, but stressed the penal­ties are still be­ing con­sid­ered.

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

In a state­ment, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders tried to clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion, but her ex­pla­na­tion cre­ated more con­fu­sion and led to sug­ges­tions that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump per­son­ally in­ter­vened to halt the sanc­tions from tak­ing ef­fect Mon­day.

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

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