Putin, Trump Will Never Allow US-Russia War

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Officials initially said US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was mistaken when she announced Sunday that the new sanctions were likely coming as soon as the following day.

Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department on Monday, when, in fact, no such announcement was planned, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

Three senior administration officials said there were several attempts to get Haley to back off or clarify her comments, but she refused.

The officials said Monday it was unlikely Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russian Federation, describing the strategy as being in a holding pattern.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused". Speaking to reporters, Kudlow said, "She got ahead of the curve". But the part that stood out to those listening was when he said, "There might have been some momentary confusion" on Haley's part. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, she asserted, "will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already, and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

"Sanctions are a double-edged sword and those who impose them should understand that sanctions against countries, especially those like Russian Federation, will carry with them risks of serious consequences for those who impose them", she warned.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Washington was "considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation, and a decision will be made in the near future".

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"Well damn", Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey said after noting the ambassador's brief statement to Fox News. She has been a strong supporter of Trump's foreign policies. He said Russian officials "don't want to be too obtrusive, but don't want to be impolite".

USA president Donald Trump indicated he could make a reciprocal trip to Russian Federation if Vladimir Putin was able to accept his invitation to the White House, officials in Moscow said. One of them said condescendingly that Haley had made "an error that needs to be mopped up".

Kudlow, who was obviously trying to smooth things over, told the Times he was "totally wrong" to call her confused: "The policy was changed and she wasn't told about it, so she was in a box".

Haley is one of the few women in Trump's top brass appointments who is seen to be a token appointment. And so, I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

Or, of course, you could take the hardcore Russiagate-conspiracist line and believe that Putin dialed up Trump after he heard Haley mention sanctions, warned him to back off or else the kompromat would emerge, and suddenly sanctions were gone lickety split. "She was basically following what she thought was policy".

"I am 100% sure that the military will not allow this to happen and neither President Putin nor President Trump will allow this to happen", Lavrov said.