Nikki Haley on Larry Kudlow's Remark: 'I Don't Get Confused'

Cheryl Sanders
April 18, 2018

Several administration officials said the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations got ahead of President Donald Trump's decision-making when she hit the Sunday talk show circuit and said the USA would level new sanctions the next day targeting Russian companies that facilitated the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley, a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, told Fox News.

The chief economic advisor complimented Haley's job performance, but added that in this case she may have been confused about the sanctions.

Until this week, Haley had largely avoided the infighting that has dominated the Trump administration. "She's a very effective ambassador, but there might have been some momentary confusion about that". "There might have been some momentary confusion about that".

Several administration officials said Haley got ahead of President Donald Trump's decision-making when she said on Sunday that the USA would level new sanctions on Monday targeting Russian companies that facilitated the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme, reports CNN. Still, Haley's response offered a glimpse of the growing tension between the White House and her staff over the handling of the messaging flap. "Secretary Steve Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already".


But it was unclear to officials whether Trump wanted to hit Russian Federation with the next set of options on the sanctions menu or wait for another attack, according to the senior administration official.

Washington has said it had proof that Syrian forces conducted the deadly chemical weapons attack on April 7.

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we're taking [against Syria] 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", Haley said at the time.

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

Kudlow recently joined the Trump Administration and has been a close friend of the president for the past several decades. Haley is known inside the White House for being one of the administration's most polished - and outspoken - public figures.


"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons used".

But on Monday, the Washington Post reported that Trump was angry that the sanctions were being rolled out before he was comfortable announcing them.

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. "I didn't think much about it". That contradicted Ms. Haley, who had said a day earlier that the president would take that step.

"Lots of people got yelled at - some by the president", said a US official at the United Nations.

As of Tuesday, there still haven't been any new sanctions announced. "We still do not see these sanctions as lawful". Russia, one top lawmaker promised, was going to "hit the Americans in the gut".


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