President Trump on Monday overruled ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, delaying new sanctions against Russian Federation that she had announced only a day before. "We convinced him to remain", he said.
On Sunday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said new sanctions would be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Haley also said the response by the Trump administration was "cumulative", taking into account not only the recent chemical weapons attack in Douma, but also other, smaller, attacks.
"We are evaluating, but nothing to announce right now", she said.
She added that Russian Federation is feeling the effects of USA actions including "the sanctions that are continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday". "And that's why we're continuing to evaluate a number of sanctions". "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm".
The White House said that despite events in Syria and the poisoning of a spy on British soil, Trump still wanted to sit down with Putin.
At the time, she said that U.S. would announce on Monday, sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Syria's Assad's chemical weapons attack.
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". "She'll usually talk to the president without the rest of the White House and get her remarks cleared directly", one administration official said.
"Again, he feels like it's better for the world if they have a good relationship", she explained.
"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".
In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA 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.
Trump reportedly lashed out at aides after the USA 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. "But the president wants to bring those people home, and that hasn't shifted".
Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".
Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.