On Monday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Washington is considering new anti-Russia sanctions in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, but added that no decision had been made.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, "We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future".
The new American sanctions were announced on Sunday by Nikki R. Haley, the ambassador to the United Nations and the administration's leading public voice excoriating Russian Federation in recent days.
The officials could not say when the new sanctions would be announced.
Reports of Trump's disagreement with Haley over new sanctions against Russia come amid a growing number of battles between the president and his administration over policy toward Putin and the Russians.
The American government is now considering fresh moves to slam Russian Federation with more sanctions after the use of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria which killed dozens of people, including many children and women. Administration officials said Monday it was unlikely Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russian Federation, describing the strategy as being in a holding pattern.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.
"Secondly, we want to make sure that they understand that ISIS [ISIS] has to be defeated completely and wholly in a way that we know that we have stabilized the region".
The White House said USA troops will remain in Syria, for now, but the end-goal is still to pull out of the country.
"I did not say that either the USA or France will remain militarily engaged in the long term in Syria", he said. "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm".
"We are going to watch out for the best interests of the American people", she said.
"As a military spouse, I know that "mission accomplished" means you have one task now in front of you, and when it's completed, it is mission accomplished", Ms. Haley said.