President Trump sparked confusion across Washington on Friday by calling off an upcoming round of large-scale economic sanctions against North Korea in a dashed-off tweet.
The announcement underscored a rift with his top aides who have called for a tougher posture toward the isolated regime, as well as a larger breakdown of the White House’s public messaging strategy.
“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump tweeted Friday.
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