'Confused' UN envoy Nikki Haley hits back at White House

  • 'Confused' UN envoy Nikki Haley hits back at White House

'Confused' UN envoy Nikki Haley hits back at White House

Two officials from the United States government who are conversant with the matter said that although president Trump reversed the sanctions, the televised announcement made by his ambassador to the UN was based exclusively on the briefing that she had received from the White House.

This happened in the wake of an opposite announcement by Nikki Haley who serves as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

On Sunday's "Face the Nation", Haley announced additional sanctions were coming against Russian Federation for its reported role in the Syrian chemical attack and that Mnuchin would announce them as soon as Monday.

President Donald Trump personally made the decision to abandon plans to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation for supporting Syria's chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to three senior administration officials and a source familiar with the discussions.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused", Ms Haley told Fox News television. He added that the White House hadn't left her "twisting in the wind" over the remarks, despite one official saying she had been "confused" before later apologizing over the characterization.

Trump's reversal once again raises questions about his affinity for Russian Federation despite Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, its alleged use of chemical weapons on foreign soil to target a former spy and its backing for the Syrian regime as it conducts possible war crimes against its own people. She's a very effective ambassador.

In other words, Haley was following the talking points and no one told her there had been a change on the sanctions, or at least that the decision wasn't final. Even though North Korea has actually sought such talks for years, there is a sense that crippling economic sanctions - sanctions won by the Trump administration in the often-obstinate United Nations Security Council - may have pushed North Korea toward legitimate denuclearization talks.

Five entities and 19 individuals - including the 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia investigation - were targeted, including members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's faction: billionaire Oleg Deripaska, Putin adviser Suleiman Kerimov and Kirill Shamalov, Putin's son-in-law. Trump told reporters on the same day of the phone call that he meant to meet Putin "in the not too distant future".

While Trump is open to trying to improve ties, Congress and much of his administration are committed to keeping the pressure up on a country many view as America's No. 1 enemy after allegations of Kremlin meddling in the 2016 elections.

The Russian foreign minister said Russia has urged the U.S. to discuss specifics about such a meeting.