Friday, March 22, 2019
President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago. The move, announced on Twitter, was a remarkable display of dissension within the Trump administration and showed how actively the White House is intervening in policies that are traditionally handled by career officials in the Treasury and State Departments. Mr. Trump appeared to confuse the day that the North Korea sanctions were announced, saying that it occurred on Friday rather than on Thursday.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the decision was a favor to Mr. Kim.
"President Trump likes Chairman Kim, and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary," she said.
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