White House walks back statement from Nikki Haley on Russian sanctions

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In a statement, she said: "The U.S. mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible".

As The New York Times notes, "New sanctions on Monday would be the third round enacted by the Trump administration against Russian Federation in the past four weeks".

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.

"We are seeing the ruble devalued about 10 percent over the last several weeks", he says. "And that's why we're continuing to evaluate a number of sanctions".

The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russian Federation sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been made.

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.

Haley made the remarks in an interview on CBS, saying the Treasury Department would announce the new sanctions and insisted the US has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons.

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"Again, he feels like it's better for the world if they have a good relationship", she explained.

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 16, 2018. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

The White House said US troops will remain in Syria, for now, but the end-goal is still to pull out of the country.

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.

Haley also said the USA won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying their involvement there "is not done".

"We wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well".

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