White House mulling more sanctions on Russian Federation over chemical attacks in Syria

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"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The sanctions are reportedly imminent and will target Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend. Night, the Treasury division declined to comment Sunday, but two officers informed the Associated Press no this announcement by Mnuchin was planned.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

They said Trump hadn't ruled out new sanctions, but had no intention of imposing any at this time. According to the US Treasury, the assets of all 24 Russian citizens and 14 companies, if there are any under US jurisdiction, will be frozen.

"The administration is looking at sanctions on Russian Federation, potentially some more sanctions, quite frankly, but we don't have any announcement to make at this time", Gidley said.

On Sunday, Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the United States would be sanctioning Russian Federation, and that the Treasury Department would offer the details on Monday.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

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Adding to the complication is the lack of a Secretary of State after Rex Tillerson's departure, as well as President Donald Trump's desire to improve relations with Russian Federation.

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said. "And that's why we're continuing to evaluate a number of sanctions". Specifically, she said, the sanctions would be "aimed at companies dealing with equipment related to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons".

"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".

He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". Russia, one top lawmaker promised, was going to "hit the Americans in the gut".

"Secondly, we want to make sure that they understand that ISIS [ISIS] has to be defeated completely and wholly in a way that we know that we have stabilized the region".

"We're still committed to defeating ISIS", Sanders said on Monday.