United States ambassador hits back over Russian sanctions 'confusion'

American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley during a Security Council meeting Saturday

The new White House economic adviser apologized Tuesday to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley after suggesting she was suffering from "momentary confusion" when she announced over the weekend that new sanctions against Russian Federation were imminent.

Fortunately, Haley was quick to put Kudlow and the rest in their place: "With all due respect, I don't get confused".

On Sunday Ms Haley said the USA was preparing new sanctions against Russian firms. "To his shock and dismay, France and Germany were each expelling only four Russian officials - far fewer than the 60 his administration had decided on". He said of Haley, "There might have been some momentary confusion about that".

"Additional sanctions are under discussion but haven't been determined", Kudlow said Tuesday.

The whole spectacle was not only embarrassing for spotlighting the lack of organization among the men running Trump's bumbling White House, but for its naked attempt to deflect that by making it all Haley's fault for getting, like, confused and stuff.

The Foreign Ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Asked for an explanation, Larry Kudlow, the president's new economic adviser, told reporters that Haley "got ahead of the curve" and he added, "She's a very effective ambassador, but there might have been some momentary confusion about that". It's not clear whether Trump has spoken directly to her since the White House said Haley had overstepped. Haley is known inside the White House for being one of the administration's most polished - and outspoken - public figures. But Haley did not clear her talking points about the sanctions with other administration officials before appearing Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday", two officials said.

But this official said Trump doesn't maintain any "illusions" about Putin and recognizes the major disputes between the United States and Russian Federation won't be resolved with a single meeting. But that's going to depend on the actions of Russian Federation. She said Mnuchin would be announcing them Monday, "if he hasn't already". The sanctions have yet to come.

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Several administration officials have disputed that characterization, saying Haley was out of the loop.

But after the Kremlin got word through Russia's embassy in Washington that the sanctions would not be coming, there was a subtle shift in Moscow toward a less confrontational tone, even as officials continued to slam USA sanctions as veiled attempts at gaining economic advantage.

Haley said during an appearance on "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions directed at companies associated with Syria's chemical weapons program.

More than two-thirds of Americans support stronger USA sanctions on Russian Federation, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.

Trump told advisers Sunday that Russia's response to the strikes was less aggressive than he expected, leading Trump to question whether additional sanctions were warranted.

Haley, a member of Trump's cabinet, said on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions on Russian Federation over its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The President is the one that gave the directive", Sanders said.

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