Trump Halts Plan For More Russia Sanctions; Russian Stocks, Ruble Jump

What would've been the second round of economic sanctions levied at Moscow since the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been walked back by the White House, which apparently has put its latest round of sanction plans "in a holding pattern" following a coordinated missile strike in Syria late Friday.

The sanctions were developed in recent weeks as part of a ready menu of potential retaliatory measures in the event of another chemical weapons attack in Syria or some other provocative behavior by the Russians. Trump had complained in March that he didn't have a set of options ready to retaliate after a small scale chemical weapons attack in Syria. 

It was unclear to the Washington Post whether UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had misspoke or overstepped her authority when she teased that more sanctions would be forthcoming late Sunday - or whether "internal confusion" at the White House was to blame for the miscommunication.

President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”

Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

But as officials in Moscow condemned the planned sanctions as overly punitive, Trump conferred with his national security advisers later Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them, according to several people familiar with the plan.

Administration officials said the economic sanctions were under serious consideration, along with other measures that could be taken against Russia, but said Trump had not given final authorization to implement them. Administration officials said Monday it was unlikely Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russia, describing the strategy as being in a holding pattern.

Sometime after Haley’s comments on CBS, the Trump administration notified the Russian Embassy in Washington that the sanctions were not in fact coming, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

The Trump team decided to publicly characterize Haley’s announcement as a misstatement. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday: “We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future.”

At any rate, the US informed Moscow that no new sanctions would be forthcoming shortly after Haley's announcement.

Administration officials said Monday that it was unlikely Trump would approve more punitive measures against Russia without another triggering event.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that "We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future."

The news reversed some of the recent declines in the ruble and Russian stocks.



...And now Trump will need to nuke Siberia to prove that he isn't a Russian agent.



Croesus Erek Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:22 Permalink

As an American, with German family members who were treated horribly by the Russians in the aftermath of WWII (civilians who were apolitical, no less), I just never thought I'd see the day where I'd be rooting for Russia.

I have come to believe that ANY thoughts, beliefs, or ideas promoted by Deep Staters and their media lapdogs are NOT in MY best interests (or anyone else', really).

That said, Go Russia - Please pass me a cup of tea from the samovar, Tovarish.

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MEFOBILLS Croesus Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:59 Permalink


If your brain is parasitized, then you will malfunction.  Judeo-Bolsheviks had parastized Soviet Brains.  Said Bolsheviks were funded into existence by our ((Friends)) in Wall Street, especially Kuhn-Loebb.


The same dialectic is true of Finance Capitalism, which is closely aligned with Zionism.  International private banking money (with usury) funded communism into existence and now funds Zionism.  International Banking Credit and its partner One world government and Communism are all dialectics of the same thing.  They are all pyramids of power with a few families attempting to control power levers at the top.  Greed and Envy and Lust motivate these parasites.  

Soviet Communism became the enemy of West only later in history (late 40's), after Trotsky was killed, and his wall street bank nationalized.  It became apparent that Communism wasn't "international" in the soviet union, but instead had become "national."

Russian's in WW2 had no behavior creed, and were encouraged by their ((masters)) to act in accordance with their more base instincts.  By contrast, Germans had a high code of behavior, and were signatories to the geneva convention (the Russians weren't).

Russia has mostly purged its parasite, while the west has become MORE parasitized.  The roles are reversed.

The take-home message is that any population can become degraded if certain ((elements)) are allowed to take over.   The end justifies the means, and anything goes when you are your own god. 


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Jack Oliver Erek Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:18 Permalink

They provoked Bibi !!! 

They are ‘walking back’ the sanctions in the forlorn hope that Russia will go easy on them - regarding the complete exposure of their BULLSHIT ‘FFF’ !!

( that’s ‘False FUCKING Flag’ for those who can’t decipher the ‘acronym’ ) !! 

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GreatUncle Jack Oliver Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

Too late ... Russia if it has sense will keep the sanctions and start trading east using the petroyuan.

Imagine all the Russian gas and grain exports, only yuan payments accepted?

Add in titanium aircraft parts etc. etc. everything under sanctions be transferred to a yuan only payment system.

We do not accept any $ for goods that may be sanctioned from now on because the sanctions may be re-applied at any time.

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AriusArmenian Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:46 Permalink

The odious Haley was attempting to push the US in one direction.

Her handlers are in the State Dept and CIA.

Their agenda is obvious - keep the slide into another Cold War on (and it's getting hot).