Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim

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Trump orders withdrawal of fresh North Korea-related sanctions announced earlier by US Treasury

"I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!".

President Trump appeared to interfere on Friday with sanctions the USA put on two Chinese shipping companies as punishment for their illicit trade with North Korea.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders explained in a statement shortly after the tweet that "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary".

The White House says the sanctions are evidence that the U.S.is maintaining its pressure on North Korea in an effort to coax Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons program.

Trump announced the intervention in a tweet that suggested he was referring to the sanctions on the Chinese businesses that Beijing said it would investigate. In addition to it being a stupefying decision for a president to immediately contradict his administration after a decision had been made, the tweet was factually mistaken in at least two respects: The sanctions were announced Thursday, not Friday.

Trump has fixated on his negotiations with the rogue state after leaving his no-deal summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi last month, telling senators, visitors and others that he can still make a deal with North Korea - and that he believes Kim will eventually agree to his demands.

President Donald Trump triggered rampant confusion among his own aides and administration officials when he said Friday he is withdrawing new sanctions aimed at North Korea that were just issued by his own administration.

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We have a lot of talks with China, ' the president told reporters as he left Washington for a weekend at his private estate in Florida.

"Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion", he said.

"What is unclear here, to White House officials, what they do next", she said.

The Treasury Department sanctioned Dalian Haibo International Freight Co.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called for tougher sanctions on North Korea, a country the United Nations human rights investigator described this month as one of the most closed in the world, that continues to deny basic freedoms, run political prison camps, and subject its citizens to strict surveillance. "Does Treasury roll back these sanctions on these Chinese entities?"

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday offered the government's rationale for the sanctions.

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