The Weekly Standard has come out swinging at President Donald Trump and his handling of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and her preemptive announcement about new Russian sanctions.
"The problem can be located in the Oval Office: When President Trump makes a decision, or reverses one, he doesn't always tell the relevant people," the conservative political magazine said in an editorial published Thursday.
The Standard notes that FBI Director James Comey found out he was fired in the media and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was axed by tweet.
"This week, it was U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's turn. Haley wasn't fired but reprimanded— wrongly,'' the editorial says.
The imbroglio occurred Sunday when Haley said on CBS News's "Face the Nation," that new Russian sanctions would be announced Monday against companies dealing with equipment related to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
That prompted Larry Kudlow, the president's national economic adviser, to say Haley had gotten "ahead of the curve" and may have had "some momentary confusion" about that — to which Haley shot back, "With all due respect. I don't get confused."
"The announcement and walk-back provoked a needless round of diplomatic sniping with the nation's chief adversary, and in the end made the United States appear indecisive and incompetent," The Weekly Standard said.
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