A Quick Dispute Ended Admirably But Not Before Getting A Little Heated
Nikki Haley is a quick-witted and sometimes blunt American Ambassador who proved, yet again, that she doesn’t back down to anyone. Haley announced Sunday that the U.S. would deliver more sanctions to Russian companies tied to the attack in Syria.
The State reported that the day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced a new round of sanctions on Russia, the White House appeared to contradict Haley’s planned timetable.
Haley, who was following protocol, didn’t get the message that strategies had changed. Larry Kudlow, A member of the White House administration, dismissed Haley by saying that there must have been “momentary confusion” on the plans moving forward.
Haley fired back:
“With all due respect… I don’t get confused”
Haley told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that a new set of sanctions were set to be announced in reaction to Russia’s support of the Syrian government, blamed for a chemical weapons attack that sparked missile strikes launched Friday by U.S., British and French forces.
Trump administration official Larry Kudlow has apologized to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley after suggesting she was suffering from “momentary confusion” when she announced new sanctions against Russia were imminent.
A White House official says the National Economic Council director called Haley to apologize Tuesday afternoon. Haley issued a terse statement to Fox News, saying, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”
Haley said Sunday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions directed at companies associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program on Monday, “if he hasn’t already.”
The official says Haley was unaware that the administration’s plans to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over its support of the Syrian government had been put on hold.
According to The Hill, the White House Offered an explanation. “As it turns out, she was basically following what she thought was policy,” the president’s top economic adviser said. “The policy was changed and she wasn’t told about it, so she was in a box.”