Russian Federation says no reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad

White House announces possible new sanctions on Russia

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin on Haley's Russian Federation sanctions comments: "She wasn't left twisting in the wind" Russian Federation vows "painful" response to any USA sanctions Democrats can campaign on technology for edge in 2020 MORE on Thursday defended the Trump administration's backpedaling after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyMnuchin on Haley's Russian Federation sanctions comments: "She wasn't left twisting in the wind" The Hill's 12:30 Report Maxine Waters asks Haley: Why suffer "endless humiliation" with Trump?

The comments by Nikki Haley on April 17 came just two days after she said in a television interview that new sanctions on Russian Federation would be announced on April 16 over Moscow's backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

President Donald Trump personally made the decision to abandon plans to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation for supporting Syria's chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to three senior administration officials and a source familiar with the discussions.

The administration's attempts to roll back Haley's Sunday comments rippled across Washington, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow's comment that "there might have been some momentary confusion" from the United Nations ambassador prompted a sharp rebuttal.

He said there was no confusion in the White House approach toward Moscow. Haley has now been undermined - with her words perhaps not carrying as much weight on the world stage as before - and the White House looks like it didn't have its ducks in a row. It is unclear exactly when Trump changed his mind - before or after her TV appearance.

"If we don't think it's going to be successful.we won't have it", Trump said, adding: "If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting".

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the administration continues to weigh further sanctions against Moscow. "That is something that the administration at the interagency level has under consideration".

The news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying Mr Trump returned to the subject of an invitation a couple of times during a phone call with Mr Putin.

"And of course neither will President Putin or President Trump".

Putin's decision explains why lawmakers Monday suddenly pulled a draft law that would've imposed sweeping counter-sanctions on US companies, two of the people said.

Russia-U.S. relations have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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