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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages.

The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare. On Monday, the White House contradicted, Haley, saying any such proposals were still under review. Officials said Haley had been “confused” —  a charge she tersely denied Tuesday.

Jeff Zeleny, also of CNN, reported Wednesday that Haley said her relationship with the president is “perfect.”

But the tensions between the ambassador and the White House are plain to see, and they hinge on an issue for Trump that will not go away: his unwillingness to take a strong stand against Russia.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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