Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Haley: More sanctions against Russian Federation coming Monday

Haley: More sanctions against Russian Federation coming Monday

"First of all the president made it very clear we can not have chemical weapons usage anywhere, and we will continue to combat that in any way we need to protect American interests", Nikki Haley told CBS News' "Face the Nation".

On CBS's "Face the Nation", Haley said the Treasury Department will announce the new sanctions and insisted the USA has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons. "We convinced him to remain", he said. "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm".

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If the US sanctions are enacted, they will be the second such batch in just over a year against Syria's weapons of mass destruction programme. While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

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But the pans to punish Russian Federation for its support for Assad's government over the attack in Syria "caused consternation" at the White House, the paper reported.

When asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin was still welcome for a summit or meeting at the White House, Sanders said "yes".

Trump reportedly lashed out at aides after the United States expelled 60 Russian diplomats last month, and he is also said to have told aides not to speak publicly about tough measures against Russia that he approves because he does not want to upset Putin.

"Secondly, we want to make sure that they understand that ISIS [ISIS] has to be defeated completely and wholly in a way that we know that we have stabilized the region".

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The White House said USA troops will remain in Syria, for now, but the end-goal is still to pull out of the country.

Haley also said the US won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying their involvement there "is not done".

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

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we're taking now, we wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well", she said.

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