Trump walks back plan for more sanctions on Russian Federation

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Haley said the three United States goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm America's national interests, defeating ISIS and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

"She'll usually talk to the president without the rest of the White House and get her remarks cleared directly", one administration official said.

US President Donald Trump has ordered putting off the imposition of new economic sanctions on Russian Federation that were announced earlier by the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, The Washington Post said on Monday.

While insisting the action taken early Saturday morning in Syria was "a very strong attack on the chemical weapons program", Haley hit back on more hawkish critics who argue the United States didn't go far enough because it did not change the balance of power in the long-running Syrian civil war.

With an announcement seemingly imminent, officials at the Departments of State and Treasury referred queries back to the White House, while others indicated a Monday announcement was now unlikely. And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. "But be very clear, if we leave, when we leave, it will be because we know that everything is moving forward". Trump met with national security advisers and expressed disapproval of sanctions being rolled out so quickly when he was not prepared to execute them.

He also offered to play the role of intermediary between the United States and Russian Federation, whose relationship has been on edge over the chemical weapons attack and amid allegations that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the USA 2016 presidential election.

The newest economic sanctions against Russian Federation were under serious consideration, but had yet to receive final approval from the president.

"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Members of Trump's administration have looked to push a more hawkish stance toward Russia, but Trump reportedly remains unconvinced and has told advisers he favors a more cooperative approach toward the Russian government.

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