US United Nations Rep Nikki Haley blasts White House official

U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington DC

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, responded to reports of conflict with the White House over Russian Federation sanctions, saying she doesn't "get confused" as a top administration official called her out for announcing unconfirmed information.

"She got ahead of the curve", National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Tuesday near the President's Florida estate, a day after a report claiming Trump "put the brakes" on plans for new Russian Federation sanctions.

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has reportedly backtracked after initial statements indicating that Nikki Haley "got ahead of the curve" when she said the US would be slapping sanctions on Russian Federation on Monday.

The sanctions were to have been announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but 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. She even said the sanctions would hit "any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons used".


The White House had been struggling to explain Haley's remarks amid reports that President Donald Trump put the brakes on the new sanctions. "With all due respect, I don't get confused", she told Fox News' Dana Perino, in a statement that was read on-air Tuesday evening.

"She was certainly not confused", Kudlow told The New York Times by telephone.

Russia's official TASS news agency quoted a source in the foreign ministry as confirming, "the United States has informed the Russian embassy that there will be no new sanctions for now". He has expressed a belief that talking directly to Putin could clear up small differences that might lead to more substantive talks. "I think the issue here is we have a set of sanctions and additional sanctions are under consideration but have not been determined".

Mr. Kudlow was the first senior White House official to place the blame directly on Ms. Haley, and he did so at a briefing on an unrelated topic, Mr. Trump's two days of meetings with Mr. Abe here. Over the next 36 hours, officials began to delve deeper into the proposed sanctions and made a decision to hold off on anything imminent, but Haley was unaware, the officials said.

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