White House official apologises for saying Haley was confused

Dispute between Haley’s team and White House had been playing out largely behind the scenes since Haley’s initial comments

Palm Beach, Florida: The new White House economic adviser apologised on Tuesday to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley after suggesting she was suffering from “momentary confusion” when she announced over the weekend that new sanctions against Russia were imminent.


Haley had fired back at Larry Kudlow, saying, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

A White House official said Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, called Haley to apologise on Tuesday afternoon in an effort to mend fences. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

A striking intra-administration quarrel played out in public when Kudlow told reporters during a briefing in Florida that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she said the US would be slapping new sanctions on Russia on Monday in retaliation for the country’s support for Syria’s Al Assad government after its latest suspected chemical attack.

Kudlow said additional sanctions are under consideration but have yet to be implemented. Of Haley, he said, “There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

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