White House walks back statement from Nikki Haley on Russian sanctions

US Ambassador Haley Lays Out Three American Goals in Syria, including ending Chemical Weapons and ISIS

The confused announcement and walk-back outlined in the report came just days after the USA, along with the United Kingdom and France, ordered strikes on Syrian facilities in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack and as the Trump administration has ramped up criticism of Russian Federation for its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Ms Haley, speaking on television, suggested there were no plans to pare down the U.S. presence in Syria any time soon.

"As a military spouse, I know that "mission accomplished" means you have one task now in front of you, and when it's completed, it is mission accomplished", Ms. Haley said.

The deputy foreign minister also said Russian politicians were discussing United States "abuse" of the dollar's status as the global currency, RIA quoted Ryabkov as saying.

However, The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump has not approved of such sanctions.

"The global community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said in an interview aired Sunday.

He said their countries' military engagement "will finish the day that the war against Daesh has been completed", using another name for ISIS.

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said.

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In an official statement the ministry said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it said, "crossed all possible red lines" adding, "Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable".

Halley also announced US plans to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation over Syria, in addition to existing ones over Ukraine and meddling in USA elections.

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok on Monday has called for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and dismissed calls for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying that the United States would disengage from Syria", Mr Macron said on Sunday night.

Preparations to punish Russian Federation anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House.

Mr Trump has vowed that Syria's allies will pay a "big price" for facilitating the suspected use of poison gas.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump, also compared the U.S. leader to a mafia boss and said he was "morally unfit" to be president, stoking controversies. And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

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