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Russian Federation says response to latest U.S. sanctions will be 'precise and painful'

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Kenny Thornton | 21 April, 2018, 23:51

Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley and the new top White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow publicly sparred over a potential sanction over Russian Federation, with the latter accusing her of "getting ahead of the curve".

Perhaps because he is not yet accustomed to this White House's stab-in-the-back culture, Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, jabbed in the front and on the record, telling CNN that Haley "got ahead of the curve".

"With all due respect, I don't get confused", Haley, a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, told Fox News. It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for her relationship with the White House - and Kudlow.

"She's done a great job, she's a very effective ambassador". Another more charitably said there had been confusion. But if you talk to Steve Mnuchin at Treasury and so forth, he will tell you the same thing.

Relations between Moscow and Washington are in focus after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Russia in early April, triggering a massive sell-off on Russian markets and raising global geopolitical tensions to a new level.

Asked for comment, the White House gave an identical response to an earlier statement by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who said: "We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future". - New sanctions on Russian Federation over the chemical weapons attack in Syria are still under consideration despite the appearance they have been shelved, White House officials said Tuesday. "The policy was changed and she wasn't told about it, so she was in a box", he added.

Nikki Haley is not to be trifled with - especially by the likes of a TV anchor-turned-newly-minted White House aide.

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Russia's leader wants to give President Donald Trump another chance to make good on pledges to improve ties and avoid escalation, according to four people familiar with the matter. The Kremlin complained about the new sanctions, calling them "international economic raiding".

She said, the new sanctions would send a "strong message" to Russian leaders.

Kudlow recently joined the Trump Administration and has been a close friend of the president for the past several decades.

Or, of course, you could take the hardcore Russiagate-conspiracist line and believe that Putin dialed up Trump after he heard Haley mention sanctions, warned him to back off or else the kompromat would emerge, and suddenly sanctions were gone lickety split.

"As it turns out, she was basically following what she thought was policy", Kudlow told the newspaper.

And with those busy and nameless White House chatterers leaking word that Trump is uneasy with her ambition - God forbid that anyone in this "I alone can fix it" government should think about advancing her own career - her fate may not be entirely in her own hands. Given that Trump just bombed his boy in Damascus, however limitedly, I'm going with one of the other theories.

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