Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, indicated the sanctions would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.
On CBS's "Face the Nation", Haley said the Treasury Department will announce the new sanctions and insisted the U.S. has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons.
"We're evaluating, but nothing to announce right now", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon.
Haley made the remarks in an interview on CBS, saying the Treasury Department would announce the new sanctions and insisted the USA has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons.
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In announcing the strikes, Trump called on Russian Federation to "decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace".
The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russian Federation sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been made.
"Again, he feels like it's better for the world if they have a good relationship", she explained. "We've been very clear in our actions what we expect and we hope they'll have a change in their behavior".
In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the US was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.
US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 16, 2018.
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"We still have troops on the ground".
Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said, "I think the words crippled and degraded are good words".
Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".
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