DONALD Trump will punish Putin for backing Bashar al-Assadâs regime – by imposing new sanctions against Moscow in the wake of the US-led strikes in Syria.
The US president said the Syrian leaderâs closest allies would pay a âbig priceâ for failing to stop the regimeâs use of chemical weapons.
Trumpâs Â action comes amid claims his aides are pushing him to take a tougher stance against Russia.
It will be the first time Trump has taken action against Vladimir Putin for âenablingâ Syria to carry out the deadly chemical attacks on Douma.
Putinâs troops and senior military advisers are currently in Syria â supporting Assadâs attacks on rebel-held forces.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future.”
The announcement came as foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the air strikes on Syria about the single issue of the use of chemical weapons.
Russia was the guarantor of the 2016 agreement under which all of Syriaâs chemical and biological weapons were supposed to have been handed over and destroyed.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told CBS Face the Nation that the sanctions would âgo directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons useâ.
She added: âI think everyone is going to feel it at this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it.â
Donald Trump has been increasingly critical of Mr Putin in recent weeks, despite his previous wish to develop warm relations.
Last week in a tweet he referred directly to Mr Putin when condemning the Syrian chemical attacks, criticising him for supporting a brutal leader.
In the past few weeks the Trump administration imposed two rounds of sanctions on Russian companies and individuals for their involvement in interfering in the 2016 US elections and for launching cyberattacks against the West.
Washington also joined the UK and other European countries in expelling Russian diplomats in retaliation for the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy living in Salisbury, and Yulia, his daughter.
The US expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.