Dem rips Trump over Russia sanctions contradiction: 'Get your act together'

Dem rips Trump over Russia sanctions contradiction: 'Get your act together'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers Democratic senator proposes sanctions against Putin over bounties GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank MORE (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE for appearing to backtrack on a remark from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyIf the US wants a better WTO, it should lead the way Bolton book shows nastiness rules at Trump White House George Floyd's brother calls on United Nations to study police brutality in US MORE that the administration would announce new Russia sanctions on Monday. 

“UN Amb @NikkiHaley said Russia sanctions were coming today. Now WH says theyre not sure? The reversal is astounding,” Menendez wrote on Twitter.

“Either Pres.Trump doesn't think we need more action or they cant handle a simple rollout announcement. Mr. President, get your act together. What's the strategy?” 

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Haley said during a Sunday show interview that the U.S. on Monday would announce sanctions targeting Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Russia sanctions will be coming down. [Treasury] Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday if he hasn't already, and they will be going directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," Haley told CBS News's "Face the Nation."

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struck a different tone on Monday.

“We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future,” Sanders said, according to the White House pool.

The U.S. has blamed Assad for an apparent chemical weapon attack earlier this month in the rebel-held Syrian city of Douma. Meanwhile, Trump has implicated both Iran and Russia, two countries that have provided the Syrian government with both political and military support throughout the country’s civil war.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world,” Trump said earlier this month.

“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”