President Trump is reportedly looking to avoid levying new economic sanctions on Russia in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syria this month. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced Sunday that sanctions would be forthcoming to send "a strong message" denouncing Russia's backing of the Syrian government. But The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump was upset that the sanctions were already in motion because he was "not yet comfortable executing them"; the president reportedly wants to instead wait to see if Russia further provokes a response from the U.S. before deciding on sanctions. The White House publicly backpedaled Haley's statement, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying the administration is merely "considering additional sanctions."
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