Trump stops plans to sanction Russia

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On Monday, Trump walked back previously announced sanctions on Russia. He claimed that he wasn’t comfortable with executing them at this time.

Just the day before, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that new Russia sanctions would be laid out on Monday.

“You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Haley said on CBS on Sunday.  She added that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn’t already, and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use.”

These sanctions were supposed to be in response to Russia’s involvement with Syria, following continued Syrian attacks on their own people.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated Monday that sanctions have not been ruled out and that a decision will be made at some point in the future.

Sanders also mentioned that, despite tensions, Trump would like to sit down with Putin and have a meeting.

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At least one Democrat, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, has come against the administration’s failure to implement sanctions.

“There shouldn’t be any hesitation to apply new sanctions, which are necessary to send a message to the Kremlin that their reckless support for Assad’s brutality will not be tolerated,” says Shaheen.


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