USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation over support for Syria's Assad

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"Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already".

The debate about new sanctions came after the USA, along with France and the United Kingdom, launched military strikes on Friday night against Assad after a suspect chemical weapon attack against a rebel group in Douma one week earlier.

Sanders said the USA was still considering the sanctions, but they weren't coming on Monday.

The U.S.is not looking for war, said Haley.

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.

"The president is going to continue to be tough on [Russia]", she said.

Assad has denied he used chemical weapons.

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"If you look at what Russian Federation is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors, whether their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem", Haley said, adding that the use of a poisoning agent against a spy in England is "another issue". "She'll usually talk to the president without the rest of the White House and get her remarks cleared directly", one administration official said.

"The president would still like to sit down with him, he feels like it's better for the world if they have a good relationship".

Trump reportedly lashed out at aides after the USA expelled 60 Russian diplomats last month, and he is also said to have told aides not to speak publicly about tough measures against Russia that he approves because he does not want to upset Putin. "But that's going to depend on the actions of Russian Federation". "Often we don't know about them".

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

"We still have troops on the ground".

Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying US involvement there "is not done". "I think that's the right approach", Haley added.

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we're taking now, 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", she said.

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