For aid­ing Syria’s As­sad, US to hit Rus­sia with new sanc­tions

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WASH­ING­TON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Sun­day de­fended his use of the phrase “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” to de­scribe a U.S.-led mis­sile at­tack on Syria’s chem­i­cal weapons pro­gram, even as his aides stressed con­tin­u­ing U.S. troop in­volve­ment and plans for new eco­nomic sanc­tions against Rus­sia for en­abling the gov­ern­ment of Bashar As­sad.

Step­ping up the pres­sure on Syria’s pres­i­dent, U.S. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley in­di­cated the sanc­tions to be an­nounced to­day would be aimed at send­ing a mes­sage to Rus­sia, which she said has blocked six at­tempts by the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to make it eas­ier to in­ves­ti­gate the use of chem­i­cal weapons.

“Ev­ery­one is go­ing to feel it at this point,” Ha­ley said, warn­ing of con­se­quences for As­sad’s for­eign al­lies.

Trump tweeted Sun­day that the strike was “per­fectly car­ried out” and that “the only way the Fake News Me­dia could de­mean was by my use of the term “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished.”

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