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Trump's Decision to Hold Off on New Russia Sanctions Concerning - Senator

© AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Armed Services Senate Committee member Sen. Angus King, I-Maine questions Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Donald Trump's decision to delay new anti-Russia sanctions that were already announced by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley raises serious concerns, Senator Angus King said in an interview on Tuesday.

"It is concerning [Trump's move], because Nikki Haley was not a low-level State Department official talking to a group of people," King told CNN. "She said it [sanctions] will be either tomorrow or the next day. It sounded like it was the administration's decision."

King said Trump could still decide to unveil new sanctions on Russia on Tuesday. He said the delay was surprising and "underlines the problem of consistency and predictability" at the White House.

READ MORE: Moscow Taking Measures to Prepare Economy for Harshest US Sanctions — Reports

Congressman Eliot Engel late Monday also criticized Trump’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia, saying lawmakers should not wait for the administration to act.

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Engel called on Congress to instead pass HR 530, the so-called “Secure Our Democracy Act,” a bill to sanction foreign entities that allegedly interfered in US elections.

Engel and other US members of Congress have accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 election, but Russia denies meddling in the vote and has called the accusations absurd.

On Sunday, Haley said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce new sanctions on Monday, but media reports later said Trump decided not to give his final authorization for the measures.

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