White House walks back Ha­ley speech on Rus­sia sanc­tions

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON » The White House says a de­ci­sion on new eco­nomic sanc­tions against Rus­sia will be made soon — not com­mit­ting to an an­nounce­ment Mon­day that U.N. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley had said to ex­pect.

In a state­ment, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said: “We are con­sid­er­ing ad­di­tional sanc­tions on Rus­sia and a de­ci­sion will be made in the near fu­ture.”

Ha­ley said Sun­day that new sanc­tions were com­ing against Rus­sia for en­abling the gov­ern­ment of Syr­ian leader Bashar As­sad to con­tinue us­ing chem­i­cal weapons. She said Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin “will be an­nounc­ing those on Mon­day, if he hasn’t al­ready.” She said Rus­sia 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.

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