(VICE News) Two days after the U.S. launched missile strikes on Syria, President Trump’s U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, made the rounds of Sunday political talk showspromising more economic sanctions for Russia over its continued support for the Syrian regime.
But Haley’s tough talk apparently surprised Trump, who watched her on television with rage, according to The New York Times. He hadn’t yet decided new sanctions were coming. […]
Still, the attempted cool-down won’t undo the most recent sanctions Trump’s team approved in April, which are causing serious pain in Moscow, said David Szakonyi, an expert on Russian affairs at George Washington University.
This grim reality may be hitting Putin now. “I think there was a sense that the economic costs escalated faster than anyone had expected,” Szakonyi. “The damage from two weeks ago is ongoing, and those companies are struggling to meet their debts.”
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