World News: Trump will punish Putin for supporting Assad with new sanctions against Russia… amid claims new aides are behind US president’s tough new stance

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DONALD Trump will punish Putin for backing Bashar al-Assad’s regime – by imposing new sanctions against Moscow in the wake of the US-led strikes in Syria.

The US president said the Syrian leader’s closest allies would pay a “big price” for failing to stop the regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Donald Trump is to punish Russia for supporting Syria

Trump’s  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 “enabling” Syria to carry out the deadly chemical attacks on Douma.

Putin’s troops and senior military advisers are currently in Syria – supporting Assad’s 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 US president is taking action against Putin’s regime for failing to stop Syria’s use of chemical weapons
It comes after the deadly chemical attack near Damascus – this photograph was taken on a destroyed street in Douma, where 40 people died
Trump has branded Asaad a ‘monster’ and is now slapping sanctions on Russia for supporting him

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 Syria’s 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 “go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use”.

She added: “I 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.”

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.

Trump’s action comes after the US-led strikes on chemical bases in Syria
The US said three key targets were hit

The USS Monterey cruiser launches Tomahawk missiles at Syria as part of the allied strike

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.

 

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